Twin-Otter for rural Sabah air services
Published on: Wednesday, March 17, 1982

DAILY EXPRESS  (Wednesday, March 17, 1982) - KOTA KINABALU, Tue: - The Malaysian Airline System today took delivery of its first modern 1-seater aircraft – Twin-Otter – as part of the partial replacement of the smaller BN2 aircraft now serving the various small towns of Sabah.

The Canadian aircraft, costing the airline about $3 million will serve towns like Ranau, Kudat, Semporna, Keningau, Pamol and Tomanggong.

The aircraft, the first in Malaysia, which was flown from Toronto, Canada, via several countries by captain Barry Morris touched down at about 5.15pm.

MAS manager for Sabah and Brunei, Abang Haji Zaidan, who was among other MAS officials at the aircraft, said a similar aircraft would be delivered for use in Sabah in two weeks. He said the purchase of the aircraft by MAS was to improve facilities for rural air services.

The aircraft's services will be officially launched on April 1, according to Abang.

Capt Morris said the aircraft is fully equipped with modern navigational equipment, similar to the 747 aircraft.

The Twin-Otter flies a normal 165 knot per hour, with a maximum 180 knots.

It is the 791 aircraft to be delivered in the world.

 





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