KOTA KINABALU: MASwings will be reducing its frequency to five routes to allow maintenance of its ATR 72-500 turbo prop fleet that begins on Monday.
The company said the eight ATR aircraft in its fleet have been scheduled for a “heavy maintenance visit (HMV)” until the end of the year.
This HMV is mandatory by the manufacturer to ensure that the aircraft meet airworthiness requirements and standards, MASwings said in a statement said Monday.
The routes affected are the Kota Kinabalu-Lahad Datu sector from 35 to 28 flights, Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan from 28 to 21, Miri-Limbang from 21 to 14, Kota Kinabalu-Miri from 28 to 21 and Miri-Labuan from 35 to 31.
MASwings currently has 818 flights each week to all its ATR-operated destinations.
Despite the frequency reduction, MASwings said it is confident that the maintenance programme will not affect travel plans of its customers, saying the new reduced frequency is still enough to meet passenger demand.
Passenger who bought their tickets earlier for flights after Feb 20 can confirm the status of their flights either by contacting MASwings / Malaysia Airlines ticket offices or their travel agents or via 24 hours call centre at toll-free number 1300 88 3000.
Source: The Star