Sabah Air Aviation (SAA), formerly known as Penerbangan Sabah, is one of the oldest General Aviation Companies in Malaysia, having commenced its operation with a fleet of three Aerospatiale Allouette helicopters, two Australian Nomad N-22B, one Bell 206 Jet Ranger II and one Bell 212 helicopters.
The company was registered in 1975 as a State Government Agency under the purview of the Ministry of Finance (MOF), with its headquarters located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
It was originally formed to provide air transport services to the people of Sabah and to areas not frequented by the national airline, MAS.MEDEVAC & FDS
Oil Rig Support
In 1977, SAA was also the pioneer in providing air transport services to oil rig companies predominantly in Malaysia and Philippines. The company has successfully provided this service to many industry players, both foreign (Interport Resources Inc, Amoco Philippines Petroleum Co, TOTAL Exploration, St. Joe Petroleum) and domestic (EMPI, BP Cargali, Petronas Cargali, and OPIC).
The off-shore business of SAA is presently undertaken by its sister company, SAZMA Aviation, to provide passenger transportation services to the oil rigs situated around the State of Sabah’s waters.
SAA was one of the very first, and probably the only surviving first generation Air Charter Service Company in Malaysia, still in existence today; growing over the years in a highly competitive environment. Our air transport services have grown since, allowing us to enter different markets, and accommodate for both Malaysians and non-Malaysians. And as a result, SAA emerged as one of the leading General Aviation (GA) companies in Malaysia.
Sabah Air Aviation Sdn. Bhd. has a CAAM approved Part-145 certification. Granted with this certification, SAA offers the following aircraft maintenance services:
SAA is also one of the few companies that offers a CAAM approved 3rd party Ground-handling.
Following the latest Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 (CAR 2016) in compliance with the requirement of Part M Subpart G, SAA introduces Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) that has also been approved by CAAM, into the company. This new system implemented, provides safe operation practises for the management of “continuing airworthiness” in aircraft maintenances, and to ensure the safety of clients using our services.