MALAYSIA: MASkargo sees 2010 recovery, focuses on charters

Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MASkargo) – which saw a 28 per cent nose dive in cargo volume in the first half year of 2009 year-on-year – has said it expects to see a turnaround of its cargo volumes only in the second half of next year. The Kuala Lumpur-based cargo carrier took a major hit when […]


Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MASkargo) – which saw a 28 per cent nose dive in cargo volume in the first half year of 2009 year-on-year – has said it expects to see a turnaround of its cargo volumes only in the second half of next year.

The Kuala Lumpur-based cargo carrier took a major hit when demand from its main market, China, fell by more than 30 per cent.

“We see a light at the end of the tunnel. We see some flattening at the bottom. There is not really a jump yet but we’ve seen the bottom flattened,” MASkargo general manager of business development and sales (cargo), Mohd Yunus Idris said according to Bernama.

Mohd Yunus said the carrier was now looking “aggressively” at marketing its charter services to help offset the drastic decline in scheduled cargo traffic. He said the company was currently receiving at least 12 enquiries per day globally.

“They (the enquiries) come as far as Rio De Janeiro and Buenos Aires but we don’t fly there,” Mohd Yunus said. “The one we are working very hard on is originating from Australia and we also have enquiries from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. And then we have enquiries from Bintulu,” he said.