MABKARGO, the air cargo arm of Malaysia Airlines, has flown oil well parts from Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei using an Airbus A330-200 freighter.
'The oil and gas industry's charters have always been very challenging and more often than not present logistical intricacies. In this case we have re-routed the scheduled flight planned for Kuala Lumpur-Labuan-Hanoi into BWN to meet a special request for immediate delivery,' explained general manager Amiroel Shazrie Yussof.
'Charter flights are ideal for the oil and gas industry as they allow our customers to work on their own schedule utilising the most convenient airports,' he said, reported London's Freightweek.
'Over the years MABkargo has gained immense experience from coordinating and successfully delivering oil and gas equipment to a number of destinations worldwide. Our experience in handling charters created a niche strength for us [and are] are a key revenue generator.'
According to a September economic forecast from the Asia Development Bank (ADB), overall Southeast Asian growth is expected to be 5.1 per cent this year. Brunei and Thailand are expected to outperform earlier forecasts. Growth is anticipated to return next year to the 2017 rate of 5.2 per cent.