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Current RAS Programme

MASwings Sdn. Bhd. (From 2007)

In 2007, the Malaysian Cabinet decided for the RAS operation to be returned to MAS or its subsidiary. MAS then established MASwings to be the entity running RAS and in June 2007, it was decided that MASwings shall take over the RAS operation for ten years.

The cost for the operation of RAS by MASwings is fully borne by the Malaysian Government in the form of subsidies and aircraft rental payments. The first flight was on 1 October 2007, which is also the anniversary of the founding of Malaysia Airlines in 1972.

MASwings operates 49 RAS routes with 19 routes being serviced by 10 ATR 72-500 aircrafts and 30 routes being serviced by the Twin Otter Viking DHC6-400 aircraft. These routes in turn operate in 10 airports and 13 STOLports within Sabah and Sarawak.

The Aerospatiale ATR 72-500 aircraft seats 4 business and 60 economy class passengers, or 68 in all-economy class configuration while the Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter seats 19 economy class. The routes for both the ATRs and Twin Otters are as below:

NoRoutesNoRoutesNoRoutesNoRoutes
1Miri – Mulu14Lawas – Ba’ kelalan26Mukah – Kuching38KK – Tawau
2Miri – Limbang15Miri – Bario27Miri – Long Seridan39KK – Labuan
3Miri- Bintulu16Marudi – Bario28Marudi – Long Seridan40KK – Kudat
4Miri – Sibu17Miri- Long Marudi29Miri – Mulu41KK – Sandakan
5Bintulu – Sibu18Miri- Long Lellang30Miri – Long Banga42Kudat – Sandakan
6Kuching – Bintulu19Marudi – Long Lellang31Marudi – Long Banga43Miri – Labuan
7Kuching – Sibu20Miri – Long Akah32Bintulu – Belaga44KK – Miri
8Kuching – Miri21Marudi – Long Akah33Kuching – Tanjong Manis45KK – Bintulu
9Kuching – Mulu22Bario – Ba’ kelalan37Mukah – Tanjong Manis46KK – Sibu
10Miri – Limbang23Sibu –  Mukah35KK – Lahad Datu47KK – Mulu
11Miri – Lawas24Mukah – Miri37KK – Sandakan48KK – Limbang
12Limbang – Lawas25Mukah – Bintulu37Sandakan – Tawau49KK – Lawas
13Miri – Ba’ kelalan

49 RAS routes:

Picture of RAS aircraft


source: Ministry of Transport Malaysia