Maswings will soon expand its operations in Sabah with the arrival of a new aircraft, the ATR72-600, on Aug 4.

Named Rafflesia, the newest aircraft will help the company increase its frequencies and open new routes in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area) region.

The name Rafflesia was chosen in honour of the flower commonly found in the region MASwings operates

MASwings currently runs a fleet of 10 ATR72-500 aircrafts, flying domestic and international routes from Sabah and Sarawak.

The upgraded 600 version is equipped with the widest cabin in the turbo-prop market, and the most advanced glass cockpit in the regional aircraft market.

Based on the agreement by ATR and MASwings’ parent company, Malaysia Airlines, MASwings will receive another eight ATR72-600 until 2017.