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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:

No Routes No Routes No Routes No Routes
1 Miri – Mulu 14 Lawas – Ba’ kelalan 26 Mukah – Kuching 38 KK – Tawau
2 Miri – Limbang 15 Miri – Bario 27 Miri – Long Seridan 39 KK – Labuan
3 Miri- Bintulu 16 Marudi – Bario 28 Marudi – Long Seridan 40 KK – Kudat
4 Miri – Sibu 17 Miri- Long Marudi 29 Miri – Mulu 41 KK – Sandakan
5 Bintulu – Sibu 18 Miri- Long Lellang 30 Miri – Long Banga 42 Kudat – Sandakan
6 Kuching – Bintulu 19 Marudi – Long Lellang 31 Marudi – Long Banga 43 Miri – Labuan
7 Kuching – Sibu 20 Miri – Long Akah 32 Bintulu – Belaga 44 KK – Miri
8 Kuching – Miri 21 Marudi – Long Akah 33 Kuching – Tanjong Manis 45 KK – Bintulu
9 Kuching – Mulu 22 Bario – Ba’ kelalan 37 Mukah – Tanjong Manis 46 KK – Sibu
10 Miri – Limbang 23 Sibu –  Mukah 35 KK – Lahad Datu 47 KK – Mulu
11 Miri – Lawas 24 Mukah – Miri 37 KK – Sandakan 48 KK – Limbang
12 Limbang – Lawas 25 Mukah – Bintulu 37 Sandakan – Tawau 49 KK – Lawas
13 Miri – Ba’ kelalan

Picture of RAS aircraft


source: Ministry of Transport Malaysia