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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 lease payments. The first flight was on 1 October 2007, which is also the anniversary of the founding of Malaysia Airlines in 1972.

Under the new public service obligation (PSO) agreement inked with the Government in January 2019, MASwings operates 40 rural air services (RAS) routes in Sabah and Sarawak (including cargo services from Miri) from 2019 until 2024.The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has also designated one additional route to be added to the RAS network effective from on 1 May 2019. As such, there are now 41 RAS routes with 13 routes that are being serviced by ATR 72-500 aircraft and 28 routes are 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 routes for both the ATRs and Twin Otters are as below:


Source: Great Circle Mapper

The routes for both the ATRs and Twin Otters are as below:

No.SARAWAK (Internal)No.SARAWAK (Internal)
1Miri – Mulu23Mukah – Kuching
2Miri – Limbang24Miri – Long Seridan
3Miri – Bintulu25Marudi – Long Seridan
4Miri – Sibu26Miri – Long Banga
5Bintulu – Sibu27Marudi – Long Banga
6Kuching – Mulu28Kuching – Tanjong Manis
7Kuching – Limbang 29Bario – Long Seridan
8Miri – Lawas30Bario – Long Lellang
9Limbang – Lawas31Additional service for cargo between Miri and Bario,
Ba’kelalan, Long Seridan, Long Lellang,
Long Akah and Long Banga
10Miri – Ba’kelalanNo.SABAH (Internal)
11Lawas – Ba’kelalan32KK – Lahad Datu
12Miri – Bario33Sandakan – Tawau
13Marudi – Bario34KK – Labuan
14Miri – Marudi35KK – Kudat
15Miri – Long Lellang36Kudat – Sandakan
16Marudi – Long Lellang 37 Lahad Datu – Sandakan
17Miri – Long AkahNo.SABAH/SARAWAK (Interstate)
18Marudi – Long Akah38Miri – Labuan
19Bario – Ba’kelalan39KK – Mulu
20Sibu – Mukah40KK – Limbang
21Mukah – Miri41KK – Lawas
22Mukah – Bintulu

Picture of RAS aircraft


source: Ministry of Transport Malaysia

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