By Murni Fazira
The inaugural Ipoh-Guangzhou flight, operated by a chartered airline, Scanda Sky, took off from Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh at 10.10pm on Wednesday, November 27. The flight, lasting four hours, landed at Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou at 2.10am on Thursday, November 28.
The launching ceremony was officiated by the Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tan Kar Hing on behalf of Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
The introduction of the Ipoh-Guangzhou-Ipoh air route was in anticipation of Visit Malaysia Year 2020. It ties in with the ongoing tourism campaign to attract 30 million Chinese tourists from China.
Tan Kar Hing said that the chartered airline service launch had been in the pipeline for a while. “It’s like waiting for your wife to deliver your first baby,” he remarked in jest.
Executive Chairman of Scanda Sky, Tengku Faizwa Tengku Razif said her company aims to be different in order to give passengers an exhilarating in-flight experience.
“Our Scanda Sky ambassadress will escort and assist passengers from here until the checkout point at Guangzhou,” said Tengku Faizwa.
Forty guests were on the special flight. Among them were Tan Kar Hing, Tengku Faizwa, state assemblywoman for Canning, Jenny Choy Tsi Jen, Executive Councillor Howard Lee and the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Dato’ Liew Sew Yee.
Information on Scanda Sky is available at its website: www.scandasky.com.