Date: Thursday 24-Apr-14

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5. Air Cargo Facilities

Malaysia's central position at the crossroads of South-East Asia makes her particularly attractive as a trans-shipment centre. Air cargo facilities are well developed, especially in the six international airports in Malaysia.

The highly sophisticated Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor, has a current capacity of 40 million passengers and more than 1.2 million tonnes of cargo per year.

However, KLIA's 10 hectares of land is planned to accommodate up to 60 million passengers and three million tonnes of cargo per year by the year 2020, and in the future, up to 100 million passengers and five to six million tonnes of cargo per year.

The other international airports are the Penang International Airport, Langkawi International Airport, and Senai International Airport in Peninsular Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Sabah, and Kuching International Airport in Sarawak.

MASkargo is the main cargo division of its parent company Malaysia Airlines (MAS) which operates scheduled, chartered air cargo services, ground handling services as well as airport to seaport cargo logistics via ground transportation.

In addition, MASkargo also offers belly space capacity on its holding company's aircrafts, MAS and its other subsidiaries via the national carrier's 100 international destinations across six continents.

MASkargo operates a state-of-the-art Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport within a Free Commercial Zone (FCZ). This centre features a secure and sophisticated security system with the latest technology including fully automated procedures, ensuring real-time data tracking and the smooth flow of communication. Among the facilities at the centre are the Animal Hotel, the one-stop Perishable Center and the world's first Priority Business Centre (PBC) for key forwarding agents.

Currently it provides scheduled freighter services from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching (Malaysia) to Sydney, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Surabaya, Tokyo, Osaka, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Sharjah. Currently MASkargo operates its own freighter fleet, two Boeing B747-400F and two Airbus A330-200F.

Recently, the company has been certified with the IATA Secure Freight Programme, which aims to a secure supply chain program, strengthening cargo security. The company also has a product callee I-Port, the world's first airport within a seaport trans-shipment service. This service allows fast handling of sea and air cargo shipment through KLIA from Port Klang. In addition, MASkargo also provides airport-to-airport trucking services in the country.

Air cargo services in Malaysia are complemented by Transmile Air which serves six domestic destinations in Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia and 2 scheduled and international destinations namely, Hong Kong and Singapore. The domestic flights to Labuan and Bintulu in East Malaysia cater mainly to the oil and gas industry which requires special handling facilities. In addition to scheduled services, Transmile Air also provides air charter services to the ASEAN and Aisia Pacific region and it has the capability to fly to India, the Middle East and China.

For futher information on MASkargo, please visit the company's website at For details on the air cargo rates, please click the following link, Costs of Doing Business - Air Cargo Rates.

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