Sabah Air: Gulfstream jet registered under subsidiary

Gulfstream-sabah-airPETALING JAYA: State-owned Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd has clarified that its Gulfstream G200 jet, which has been alleged by the opposition to belong to someone else, is registered under a UK company that it fully owns.

In a statement today, Sabah Air’s management maintained the jet was owned and operated by it.

“The aircraft is registered under Innosky Limited, which is 100% owned by Sabah Air,” it said.

It added that all Sabah Air planes and helicopters were available for charter.

Yesterday, Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Junz Wong had alleged that the jet really belonged to a high-ranking Sabah government official.

He had asked why the aircraft was not on the list available for the company’s aircraft chartering services.

“They only offer Bell 206B, Bell 206L, GAF Nomad N22B, King Air 200, Agusta 109, AS 355NP and AS 355N aircraft,” he said.

This, Wong said, confirmed that Sabah Air, even if it really owned the jet, did not offer it for chartering.

He also pointed out that Sabah Air failed to mention the aircraft registration number VP-CSA in its statement.

“I did a comprehensive search with the civil aviation authority’s active aircraft register. We found out that particular aircraft was registered under Innosky Limited.

Sabah Air said it worked with other service providers which owned or managed their own fleet of aircraft to come up with “the most competitive proposition” for its clients.

It cited an incident on Oct 16 where one of its partners carried out a “medevac”, or emergency evacuation, using its own Lear 60 to ferry a Singaporean from Tawau to Singapore following an accident.

“In cases where the range is beyond the aircraft’s capability, such as from London to Kuala Lumpur, the patients will be flown on commercial airlines, accompanied by a doctor and nurse,” the statement said.