State Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg announced today that Sarawak is contemplating taking over regional airline, MASwings Sdn Bhd. This plan is an alternative to the creation of its own boutique airline, a proposal given by the federal government.
The state government has made it clear that it will perform due diligence before making the final decision to take over MASwings from national carrier, Malaysia Airlines. The Premier mentioned a second crucial aspect – the necessity for MASwings to operate beyond Borneo’s borders.
Speaking to reporters after the contract signing between state-owned Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd and Petronas, and its associated Petroleum Arrangement Contractors, Premier Openg disclosed the state government’s ambitions for MASwings to fly regional routes. In particular, he expressed interest in moderating fares within Malaysia and expanding the airline’s route to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, currently not permitted.
A decision on the possible rebranding of MASwings post-takeover remains uncertain. The Premier has asked for patience until the takeover procedure concludes.
In an intriguing twist, the Premier also revealed that if the Sarawak government takes over MASwings, the airline would switch to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in Sarawak’s microalgae plant in Sejingkat, capable of producing 10,000 barrels of SAF per day.
The proposed takeover highlights the government’s aim to boost the state’s transportation infrastructure and sustainability initiatives. This news story is based on an article published by malaymail.com.