New Malaysian BAe 146 operator takes off

Heritage Air BAe 146-200 RP-C5525

Heritage Air BAe 146-200 RP-C5525 at Bandung (Indra Satrianto)

A new Malaysian airline, Heritage Air, has begun operations using a BAe 146-200. The airline is based in Melaka, and is owned by the Kemuning Group in partnership with Indonesia’s Kagum Group. It intends to begin scheduled flights from Bandung to Melaka and Kuala Terenggangu by the end of the year or early 2011. The airline is wet-leasing BAe 146-200 RP-C5525 (msn E2031) from Lionair Subic Philippines, and plans to add a second example during 2011. Heritage Air operated its first flight, a charter on behalf of the Melaka state government, on 12 December. The flight carried a high-level trade delegation, including the state’s Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, from Melaka to Dili, in Timor Leste. The return flight on 14 December hit a snag, however, when it landed at the Indonesian airport of Surabaya to refuel. The airline had apparently secured an overflight permit, but not a landing permit, and so the 146 was detained. It took several hours for the paperwork to be rectified, but the flight was eventually able to proceed shortly before midnight, arriving back at Melaka in the early morning hours.

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