By Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: MASwings has obtained the services of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to maintain its fleet of 10 aircrafts for the next five years.
The signing ceremony of the power-by-the-hour agreement was held at the Le Meridien Hotel here on Wednesday.
The maintenance works would be done at the Singapore Service Centre and in the new Singapore Component Solutions shop owned by AFI KLM E&M in partnership with Sabena technics.
Not only this marked a milestone for MASwings but also drew inspirations as it augured well with the State government’s plan of becoming an aviation and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister cum Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
Signing on behalf of Maswings were Chief Executive Officer Aminuddin Zakaria and Head of Engineering Aaron Dominik while AFI KLM E&M was represented by its Vice President for Asia Pacific, Dominik Wiener Silva and Account Sales Manager, Asia Pacific, Seamus Mc Mahon.
Aminuddin said this marked a milestone for MASwings, a sister company of Malaysia Airlines, as it geared up to ensure its operations within Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan meets expectation of the government and people.
MASwings had been given the mandate by the Federal Government through the Transport Ministry to continue serving the rural air services under the new Public Service Obligation (PSO) Agreement for the next six years effective January this year.
It recently launched the Lahad Datu – Sandakan sector.
The collaboration with AFI KLM E&M augured well efforts to meet the key performance index set by the government under the PSO Agreement thats is On Time Performance, Cancellation Rate and Consumer Satisfaction Score, he said.
“Through this effort, MASwings will always get the latest standard components as all repairs and modification will be undertaken solely by AFI KLM E&M,” he said.
Madius, meanwhile congratulated MASwings for the move and concurred with Aminuddin that it would pave the way for Sabah to realise its aspiration of becoming a MRO hub for this region.
Recently, Madius who is also chairman of KKIP had said that a RM35 million KKIP Aerospace Training Centre was being built in Tuaran within the KKIP zone.
The centre that is able to accommodate 200 students per intake should act as a leaping stone for Sabah to capture the region’s multi-billion ringgit MRO sector.
Later, Madius accompanied by Aminuddin and the other signatories handed Hari Raya goodies to orphans from the Rumah Amal Kasih, Kingfisher before breaking fast with the invited guests.-SabahNewsToday