MASkargo mulls Malaysia duo

MALAYSIA’s booming economy is prompting MASkargo to consider a collaboration with AirAsia Cargo.

On 15 September MASkargo took receipt of the first of four A330-200Fs, due to start its maiden flight in the first week of October.

“The A330-200Fs allow us to develop new trade lanes between Asia, Europe and Australia which may not be viable using a bigger capacity aircraft,” managing director Shahari Sulaiman said.

MASkargo is looking to ramp-up volumes in the wake of financial fractures. In July this year the carrier said it would pay US$3.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit due to its part in the ongoing US cargo price-fixing scandal.

Until recently Air Asia faced restrictions to its operations. In 2010 the European Union lifted its ban against the airline, which it had imposed against many Indonesian carriers due to safety concerns.

All carriers in the nation have undergone re-certification. A total of 10 Indonesian airlines have thus far been removed from the EU flight ban list, including Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines and Metro Batavia.

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