Monday, January 17, 2011

KK-Perth route MAS’ second international destination for Eastern Hub

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysia Airlines (MAS) inaugural Perth-Kota Kinabalu touched down at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) yesterday, carrying the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun and 155 other passengers on the airline’s new 160-seater Boeing 737-800.

The Kota Kinabalu-Perth route is MAS’s second international destination after its Eastern Hub was announced last October.

Masidi said the launch of the inaugural flight was an important milestone in effort to promote the country, especially Sabah.

He further said the route would provide an additional facility to the large number of Sabahans residing in Perth.

“Apart from students, there are quite a number of Sabahans or ex-Sabahans residing in Perth, as many

as 20,000. There are many Malaysians who have put up their second home in Perth,” Masidi said, while adding that he did not have the number of Sabahan students in Perth.

In the press conference, he lauded MAS for accepting the his ministry’s request to introduce the Kota Kinabalu-Perth flight. Masidi also urged Sabahans to work hard in sustaining the Kota Kinabalu-Perth flight.

“Eventually MAS makes commercial decisions, we must have sufficient load to justify the flight.”

Masidi further complimented the experience the new aircraft brings to passengers, saying that the economy class enjoyed better seats as well as their own television terminal.

On introducing new destinations, MAS chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid said the airline would currently focus on improving its existing routes.

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