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Ikhasas puts amphibious Caravan on Malaysian tourism duties
A brand new Grand Caravan EX Amphibian, managed and operated by Systematic Aviation Services, will provide passenger transport between Kuala Lumpur and a new waterfront resort off the northeast coast of Malaysia.
Oriental Sky’s Grand Caravan EX Amphibian.

Malaysian property developer Ikhasas has taken delivery of a new Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian turboprop via its subsidiary company Oriental Sky. The aircraft, to be managed and operated by local charter operator Systematic Aviation Services (SAS), will be used for passenger transport between the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and a new waterfront resort on Perhentian islands, off the northeast coast of Malaysia. This will be the country's first amphibious airplane operation in recent history after it gained the necessary approvals from the CAA of Malaysia to launch domestic operations in 2024.

Group managing director Ir Tan Chee Kian says: "Seaplanes will be the most convenient way to reach the Perhentian Islands. Currently it takes a time-consuming six hours by road followed by a one hour ferry ride from the port in Kuala Besut. With our 11-seater aircraft, travellers will benefit from time savings as they can fly from Kuala Lumpur and land directly in the waters near the beachside resort. At the same time, we will be preserving the islands' pristine environment and natural forests, which would otherwise be felled for airport construction."

"We are honoured for Grand Caravan EX Amphibian to be selected. The versatility and excellent operating economics make it the perfect partner for Ikhasas to develop sustainable tourism. The comfortable cabin, large windows for sightseeing and floats allowing it to take off and land anywhere are ideal for its missions," adds Tony Jones, vice president, international sales, Asia-Pacific. "Malaysia is also an important market to Textron Aviation. Our products lead the installed base and make up over 40 per cent of the country's general aviation aircraft. Our customers in Malaysia use our products for a variety of operations including VIP transport, tourism and special missions such as air ambulances and skydiving."

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