Air Services Rural Air Services (RAS)

​​​Rural Air Services

The Rural Air Services (RAS) is defined as a non-economic air services carried out in remote and sparsely populated areas of Sabah and Sarawak, where air transport is their primary mode of transport and connection with the outside world. RAS was set up in an effort to fulfil the social needs of communities living in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak while functioning as a national service to these communities.

MASwings was appointed by the Government of Malaysia to manage, operate, maintain and provide RAS services in October 2007 via the signing of the RAS Agreement. The cost for the operation of RAS by MASwings is fully borne by the Government of Malaysia in the form of subsidies and aircraft lease rental.

The Government of Malaysia on 4 January 2019 signed a new agreement with MASwings, namely the Public Service Obligation Agreement for RAS (PSO for RAS) to continue providing RAS operations in Sabah and Sarawak for a period of 6 years, from 2019 to 2024. This agreement comprises the rationalization of the service in line with the review by Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM).

MASwings currently provides services for 40 routes ini Sabah and Sarawak using the ATR72 and Twin Otter Viking Aircraft.

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Routes operated by MASwings under Schedule 1 of the RAS Agreement are listed as follows:


ATR72-500

 

Routes

Aircraft

Weekly 

Frequency

 

SARAWAK (Internal)

1

Miri – Mulu

ATR 72-500

14

2

Miri – Limbang

ATR 72-500

21

3

Miri – Bintulu

ATR 72-500

14

4

Miri – Sibu

ATR 72-500

28

5

Bintulu – Sibu

ATR 72-500

14

6

Kuching – Mulu

ATR 72-500

7

7

Kuching – Limbang 

ATR 72-500

3

 

SABAH (Internal)

8

KK - Lahad Datu

ATR 72-500

35​

9

Sandakan – Tawau

ATR 72-500

14

10

KK – Labuan

ATR 72-500

28

11

Lahad Datu – Sandakan 

ATR 72-500

14

 

SABAH/SARAWAK (Interstate)

12

Miri – Labuan

ATR 72-500

35

13

KK – Mulu

ATR 72-500

7


Twin Otter

 

Routes

Aircraft

Weekly

Frequency​

 

SARAWAK (Internal)

1

Miri – Lawas

Twin Otter

38

2

Limbang – Lawas

Twin Otter

2

3

Miri – Ba'kelalan

Twin Otter

3

4

Lawas – Ba'kelalan

Twin Otter

3

5

Miri – Bario

Twin Otter

14

6

Marudi – Bario

Twin Otter

7

7

Miri – Marudi

Twin Otter

24

8

Miri – Long Lellang

Twin Otter

3

9

Marudi – Long Lellang

Twin Otter

2

10

Miri – Long Akah

Twin Otter

2

11

Marudi – Long Akah

Twin Otter

2

12

Bario – Ba'kelalan

Twin Otter

1

13

Sibu – Mukah

Twin Otter

3

14

Mukah – Miri

Twin Otter

7

15

Mukah – Bintulu

Twin Otter

2

16

Mukah – Kuching

Twin Otter

28

17

Miri – Long Seridan

Twin Otter

2

18

Marudi – Long Seridan

Twin Otter

2

19

Miri – Long Banga

Twin Otter

2

20

Marudi – Long Banga

Twin Otter

2

21

Kuching – Tanjong Manis

Twin Otter

7

22

Bario – Long Seridan

Twin Otter

1

23

Bario – Long Lellang

Twin Otter

1

 

SABAH (Internal)

24

KK – Kudat

Twin Otter

2

25

Kudat – Sandakan

Twin Otter

2

 

SABAH/SARAWAK (Interstate)

26

KK – Limbang

Twin Otter

3

27

KK – Lawas

Twin Otter

2

Routes operated by MASwings under Schedule 1 of the RAS Agreement are listed as follows:

The route of the aircraft AT R7 2-500


Sabah (Internal)

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Sarawak (Internal)

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Sabah/Sarawak(Interstate)

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Route Otter Aeroplane


Sabah (Internal)

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Sarawak (Internal)

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Sabah/Sarawak(Interstate)

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