SKS Airways, which is based in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, has received its second De Havilland Canada Series 300 Twin Otter as it prepares to receive its air operator’s certificate (AOC).
The tourism-focused airline has begun training flights and hopes to get its AOC in time to fly its inaugural service in February 2021, SKS Airways’ chief operating officer Ismail Taib, tells Smart Aviation APAC.
SKS Airways’ initial scheduled services are from Kuala Lumpur ’s Subang Airport to Pangkor Island, a resort island about 170km northwest of Kuala Lumpur; and to Tioman Island, 280km east of Kuala Lumpur, Ismail says. The airline also plans to operate from its base at Johor’s Senai International Airport to Pangkor and Tioman shortly after, he adds.
Ismail says the airline also plans to fly to Singapore’s Seletar Airport, but cannot ascertain when because of COVID-19 border closures.
“As a new startup, we have the advantage of not having to budget for our international services until we are ready. The domestic tourism market is looking quite good with inter-state travel [relaxed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO)]. We’ll look to work on our existing domestic network first and review our growth plans as things change,” says Ismail.
Both Twin Otters were purchased from RUAG MRO International in Emmen, Switzerland, he adds.
When Smart Aviation APAC last spoke to a representative of the airline in 2019, it had planned to begin operations with four Twin Otters.
SKS Airways is a subsidiary of the SKS Group, a property developer that owns malls, offices and hotels in Malaysia and Perth, Australia.
Photo: SKS Airways
Captain Fadzli in action! First SKS Airways’ pilot to fly DHC6-300 Twin Otter aircraft on Dec. 18, 2020 as part of his line training.
Yes! we will paint the blue sky pretty soon.https://t.co/Zv2aGY3pjA pic.twitter.com/aNoWxc7hRw
— SKS Airways (@sksairways) December 21, 2020
— SKS Airways (@sksairways) December 19, 2020