Friday, April 20, 2007

FAX’s proposal to Hand Over Service will be Looked Into

The Transport Ministry will look into Fly Asian Xpress’ (FAX) proposal to hand over rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak to the newly-launched FireFly Airlines, which is owned by Malaysia Airlines.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the ministry would look into the matter and that a decision would “not take too long”.

When asked whether MAS’ international expansion plans would be affected if the rural air services were handed to FireFly, Chan said that should not be speculated on.

The minister was responding to reports that FAX had sent an official proposal to the ministry to surrender its turboprop air services to FireFly.

FAX chief executive Raja Mohamad Azmi Raja Razali said the company would accept any decision made by the ministry.

FAX is based in Miri and it handles 22 routes with 104 daily flights in Sabah and Sarawak.

Chan, who was speaking to reporters after attending the 50th anniversary celebrations of Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific Airways in Malaysia, declined to comment further.

In his speech, Chan said Cathay Pacific’s significant milestone coincided with Malaysia’s 50th anniversary and that the occasion spoke well of the distance both have travelled in the past five decades.

He said stronger ties with China have seen Malaysia laying the foundation for further strengthening the education, tourism and economic sectors of both countries.

Source : STAR
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