APFT to begin charter flights next year

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): Flight training provider APFT Bhd will deploy two aircraft for its charter services next year as part of its plan to monetise its assets, said its executive chairman Datuk Faruk Othman.

"We have secured necessary approval from the DCA [Department of Civil Aviation] to operate flight charter services as early as next year. This is expected to contribute positively to our earnings, though at initial stage, the contribution will not be significant," he told reporters after signing a contract to provide aviation training with German-based Lufthansa Technical Training GmbH here today.

"Our routes are currently being finalised and we are targeting to provide local connectivity in the east coast, especially Kelantan and Terengganu," he added.

Currently, APFT have three helicopters and 39 aircraft used for flight training purposes, with fleet age ranging from five to 10 years.