Chronology:MASwings

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  • 2007:
    • October 1: MASwings Sdn Bhd made its first flight, after taking over the the Rural Air Services (RAS) in East Malaysia from FlyAsianXpress.
    • November 9: MASwings (through its parent company Malaysia Airlines) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 7 ATR 72-500s, with options for 3 additional aircraft to expand its services in Sabah and Sarawak.
  • 2008, September 13: MASwings Flight 3540, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter from Miri via Lawas, overshot the runway, while landing at Ba'kelalan Airport. 12 passengers and 2 crew members (pilots) on board survived the crash. It was the first non-fatal incident for MASwings. The tail number, 9M-MDN, was later retired after the incident.
  • 2010, April 25: MASwings retired its last F50 (9M-MGF) from service.
  • 2011:
    • August 24: MASwings Flight MH3516, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (9M-MDM) from Miri, crash-landed 5 meters short off the river at the end of the Lawas Airport runway. The incident caused all flights to and from Lawas to be cancelled, as the airport was forced to close down. All 18 people on board the aircraft survived, with no serious injuries.[1]
    • December 5: MASwings announced that the Ministry of Transport had approved its application to fly in the East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region and the first flights would commence on 1 February 2012.
    • December 11: MASwings unveiled its first 4 flight plans in the BIMP-EAGA region:
      1. 14 flights weekly on the Kota Kinabalu-Bandar Seri Begawan route, beginning 1 February 2012;;
      2. 3 flights weekly on the Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan route, beginning 1 February 2012;
      3. 7 flights weekly on the Kuching-Pontianak route, beginning 6 February 2012; and
      4. 3 flights weekly on the Tawau-Tarakan route would begin on 13 February 2012.
  • 2012:
    • January 19: MASwings announced the the one-way flight tariff for the first phase of the East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) regional expansion:
      • from RM33 (B$59) for the Kota Kinabalu-Bandar Seri Begawan route;
      • from RM233 (B$99) for the Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan route;
      • from RM33 (US$26) for the Kuching-Pontianak route;
      • from RM33 (US$14) for the Tawau-Tarakan route.
MASwings also offered introductory fares for the service launch of up to 70% of the normal fares until 29 February 2012.
  • February 1: 3 MASwings planes landed at Brunei International Airport for the very first time, after Royal Brunei Airlines suspended its flights between Brunei and Kuching in July 2011, as part of the latter's plans to improve its airline operations and financial performance. This represents the first MASwings international destination, and marked the reintroduction of the Bandar Seri Begawan-Kuching route. In addition, MASwings also introduced 2 daily flights on the Bandar Seri Begawan-Kota Kinabalu route.
  • February 28: MASwings announced that it was awaiting approval of its 2011 application to the Ministry of Transport to replace its ageing Twin Otters with newer planes. The candidates for the replacement were Viking Air DHC-6 Series 400, Dornier Do 228NG (New Generation), and GECI SK-105 Skylander.