Malaysia's national designated cargo carrier, Raya Airways, the former Transmile Air Services, which separated from the Transmile Group in 2013, is expected to add a second B757-200 freighter to its fleet.
A report in Speednews said the cargo airline will acquire the ex-China Cargo Airlines 757 from AerCap, the world's largest aircraft leasing company which is based in the Netherlands.
Following a restructuring, Raya Airways is pressing ahead with plans to expand its service offering and increase its network of destinations served from its base at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport in Kuala Lumpur.
Central to these plans are the arrival of up to six B757F aircraft to replace Raya Airways’ remaining fleet of three B727-200F freighters, which have been in operation since 2000.
One B757F is already in service, flying five nights per week between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong on behalf of DHL Express. Raya Airways expects to receive the additional B757F before the end of the year, and hopes to eventually operate a six-strong fleet.
Raya plans to expand its network further, improving links between key hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong, and operating new services to destinations such as Phnom Penh and Balikpapan.
The company has also appointed the HAE Group as global sales agent to support future growth.
Nol van Fenema