KOTA KINABALU: MASwings Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned unit of Malaysia Airlines, has phased out the ageing Twin Otter aircraft since last May and replaced them by the Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 planes.

Outgoing chief executive officer of MASwings, Datuk Captain Mohd Nawawi Awang, said the Viking, although it looked the same as the Twin Otter, has an updated design.

"It is modern, efficient and more comfortable," he said after making a courtesy call on Sabah Governor, Tun Dr Juhar Mahiruddin, at the Istana here today.

He said MASwings has ordered six Viking aircraft, of which five had already been delivered and one more waiting to be delivered at the end of the year.

Nawawi said more flights had been introduced in Sabah and Sarawak to better serve the rural towns.

"In this respect another three more aircraft ATR72- series 600 have been added to the fleet," he said.

Nawawi will be replaced by Captain Ritzerwan Rashid.-- Bernama