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MASKARGO LAUNCHES INAGURAL FREIGHTER FLIGHT FROM KUALA LUMPUR-JOHOR BAHRU-NARITA vv

JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia), 5 September 2009 - Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) today announced the introduction of a new freighter destination as part of its efforts in spreading its wings and exploring new areas of business.

The first flight will depart Senai Airport, Johor Bahru on Sunday, 6 September 2009 at 0215 and arrive in Narita, Japan at 0955 later the same morning.

MASkargo will fly the B747-400F once weekly from Kuala Lumpur every Saturday on MH6190 and from Narita every Sunday on MH6191.

Among the cargo transported are electronic equipment and gadgets, garments as well as perishable items such as flowers and tuna fish.

Managing Director of MASkargo, En Shahari Sulaiman said the new service out of Johor will help strengthen MASkargo’s position as one of Asia’s best air cargo carrier.
“We have added this new route to meet the growing demand for cargo in the southern region. We see Johor Bahru as having vast potential growth for business and we are assisting the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) to develop the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC). This service is expected to complement Singapore Changi while simultaneously tapping into the potential of Batam and Riau.
Batam is one of the largest islands in the Riau Archipelago, equipped with the facilities and infrastructure to become one of the biggest ports of Southeast Asia and a major center of international trade, industry and commerce with it being located strategically close to the Malacca Straits.
Shahari also said that the Iskandar Development Region has great plans for Johor Bahru’s future in wanting to be globally competitive and attracting investors and businesses. Armed with efficiency, reliability, speed and security, MASkargo aims to make its presence felt in this promising region.
Meanwhile, Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman, Chief Executive Officer for Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) said that the demand for air freight services in Johor was projected to grow even further.

He said this was partly due to the potential shown by Johor and Iskandar Malaysia’s industrial and manufacturing export sectors. Sidik also added that in order to meet the increased demand for reliable air freight services in Johor, SATS would play its part to develop itself into an efficient logistics and regional cargo hub.
Amongst others, Sidik said the development included the extension of the runway to 3800 meters, a parallel taxiway and associated high-speed turn-off taxiways to increase runway capacity; and developing a well-equipped cargo terminal capable of handling up to 80,000 tones of cargo per annum.
As the development of Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to attract more manufacturers and industries to the area, MASkargo looks forward to working closely with SATS to develop an efficient air logistics hub for Iskandar Malaysia.
Apart from that, MASkargo is also working hand-in-hand with freight forwarders who were previously looking for an avenue to uplift cargo out of Johor Bahru. The national cargo carrier is appreciative of the support and cooperation received from all authorities involved such as the Royal Malaysian Customs (RMC), Malaysian Immigration and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
MASkargo hopes to expand the logistics growth in Johor as there has been a leakage of cargo movement via neighbouring countries. At present, MASkargo operates daily truck flights in and out of Singapore by its subsidiary, MASkargo Logistics Sdn Bhd.

“The introduction of this KUL-JHB-NRT will allow MASkargo to have a wider presence globally especially in the Orient region. MASkargo is now able to offer customers more direct services and competitive advantage over the other cargo operators,” said Shahari.

About MASkargo

Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) is the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines. It operates four B747-200F, two B747-400F and one A300-600F covering the world's major cargo hubs. It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet serving almost 100 destinations worldwide.

At KLIA, its home base is the Advanced Cargo Centre, a 108-acre complex designed especially for MASkargo's sophisticated state-of-the-art cargo handling facilities with the ability to handle up to one million tonnes of cargo annually. These features have given MASkargo the recognition as a major regional cargo hub within a free commercial zone.

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