Raya Airways adds cargo capacity to route network

The company states it is making a rigorous selection of routes to ensure hyper connectivity for its customers and multiplicative growth potential 

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / Pic Source: Raya Airways’ Facebook

RAYA Airways Sdn Bhd expected to announce new destinations across Asia Pacific including within China and other countries to expand its cargo business’ growth potential. 

The company stated it was making a rigorous selection of routes to ensure hyper connectivity for its customers and multiplicative growth potential for Raya Airways. 

Raya Airways CCO Muhamad Hidayat Rahim said the carrier has a tie-up with Pen Aviation Sdn Bhd which would see it becoming the first Malaysian freight service provider in Asean to operate cargo drones. 

“The tie-up is in line with the Resilience Blueprint’s core thrust on forming strategic partnerships for collaborative growth and new streams of business,” he stated in a media release yesterday. 

Raya Airways has identified venturing into new markets and making new inroads in existing ones to be key drivers of its growth. To this end it has increased the average weekly load to its latest destination of Nanning, China, to 120 tonnes, a threefold growth compared to when it started flying this route in June last year, giving it a huge competitive edge, especially in the e-commerce sector. 

“We have strengthened our strategy to leverage on the burgeoning e-commerce sector and adopted a long-term approach, instead of just applying short-term tactical solutions,” Muhamad Hidayat added. 

To support its route and fleet expansion, Raya Airways has laid out extensive plan to develop its human resource with hard skills like engineering and other technical skills along with soft skills, its group MD Mohamad Najib Ishak said. 

Raya Airways currently has an average weekly combined load capacity for all flights plus all destinations of between 1,700 and 1,900 tonnes, made possible with its three Boeing 767-200F and one Boeing 737-400F. 

The Nanning route is served thrice a week utilising its Boeing 767-200F aircraft. 

This route carries all shipments that include e-commerce products, industrial goods as well as perishable items, the Raya Airways release noted. 

The carrier also provides aircraft charter services, ground handling maintenance; repair and overhaul; and aircraft commercial cargo space selling, among others.