SKS Airways Malaysia has announced that they have received the regulatory approvals for its operations and aims to start serving domestic flights by the end of January using Twin Otters or the De Havilland Aircraft of Canada.
SKS Airways’ chief operating officer, Ismail Taib, said that the company has received all the licenses for its flight operations, including its air operator certificate (AOC), and plans to launch its local island flight services before the end of January in 2022.
SKS Airways Malaysia To Start Flying in January 2022
The airline received its first Twin Otter in 2019 and a second in 2020, but its launch of operations was delayed due to the pandemic. Both Twin Otters are Series 300 aircraft purchased from Switzerland’s RUAG MRO International.
SKS Airways is based in Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore. They are a new commercial airline that focuses on un-served and under-served routes destinations by complementing existing mainline and regional carriers, connecting our home base and hubs to main cities and popular island destinations.
The airline aims to provide a unique and friendly experience through each interaction, while their DHC6-300 Twin Otter planes offer the best vantage point for stunning sights upon take-off, cruising and landing.
SKS Airways uses up to four DHC6 Twin-Otter, a rugged and reliable turboprop aircraft with Short Take Off Landing (STOL) capabilities. These aircraft are deemed reliable in providing alternative air transportation, especially to the remote island resorts, which are only accessible via surface or boats.
SKS Airways will also collaborate with significant tourism industry players to develop attractive and affordable holiday packages to suit consumers’ holiday requirements.
What Are SKS Airways Flight Routes?
1. SKS Airways Subang to Pangkor Flights
The first scheduled service will be from Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport to Pangkor Island. Pangkor is a resort island about 170km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, famous for its beaches. Pangkor Airport has a 792m-long runway (2,598 ft).
The airport has been closed for several years. But local news reports, quoting Perak state government official Nolee Ashilin Binti Mohammed Radzi, say the Pangkor Airport will open on 22 January 2022.
2. SKS Airways Subang to Redang Flights
The airline also plans to launch a Subang-Redang Island service as Redang Island is in the state of Terengganu and is about 490km from Kuala Lumpur. It is another popular tourist destination, known for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, allowing for leisure activities. Pulau Redang Airport has a 940m-long (3,084 ft) runway.
Berjaya Group, which owns two resorts on Redang Island, has Berjaya Air which operates an ATR 42 passenger aircraft between Subang and Redang.
3. SKS Airways Subang to Tioman Flights
4. SKS Airways Subang to Johor Bahru Flights
5. SKS Airways Subang to Kerteh Flights
In terms of plans, CEO Taib says they intend to get two more Twin Otters, so the fleet is consistent and uniform and to cater to the island holiday demands increasing over the years.
Taib also clarified that SKS Airways is committed to growing the airline. Still, the current operation needs to be stabilized before moving onto higher capacity aircraft, and the Canadian ATR aircraft is in the airline’s plans.