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Sabah Air is a Malaysian airline that operates non-scheduled flights around islands and beaches in Sabah, Malaysia. Some of its destinations include Gaya, Manukan and Sapi islands. The airline offers a range of services including charter flights, helicopter services and other aviation-related services, serving both passengers and cargo transportation needs.

The airline was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is wholly owned by the state government of Sabah. Sabah Air primarily offers sightseeing flights around neighbouring islands and beaches in Sabah. It also offers charter services by request

Sabah Air has a fleet made up of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft which are ideal for the types of services it provides. Sabah Air operates within the state of Sabah and provides essential transportation links between various destinations within the region, including remote towns and islands.

The airline plays a vital role in Sabah's tourism - the region is known for its stunning natural landscapes, wildlife and adventure tourism. Sabah Air connects tourists and locals with unique destinations within Sabah. The airline offers its charter services for more corporate travel and medical evacuations.

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Baggage Policy

Due to the nature of the flights operated by Sabah Air, carry-on and checked baggage may not be permitted. Sabah Air's flights are non-scheduled and usually based on a charter/sightseeing service.

Please check with Sabah Air directly for more information on what the baggage allowance is for flights and tours with Sabah Air.

Cabin Classes

Because of the type of flights Sabah Air operates, there are no cabin classes offered by the airline.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

In-flight entertainment is not provided onboard flights with Sabah Air. This is because Sabah Air operates non-scheduled sightseeing flights to Sabah. The flight duration will be too short for the airline to provide entertainment onboard.

To keep entertained on your flight, we recommend bringing your own forms of entertainment (e.g., a book to read or pre-downloaded TV shows/movies that you can watch on your electronic devices). You can also enjoy sightseeing on your flight.


Wi-Fi is not provided on Sabah Air flights.

Food & Drink

Due to the short flight duration, food is not provided on Sabah Air flights.


There is no information about check-in options for flights with Sabah Air. Sabah Air operates sightseeing and charter flights therefore the check-in rules may differ from the generic rules provided by larger airlines.

Please check with Sabah Air on the check-in procedures that you need to follow before your flight.

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Sabah Air currently offers non-scheduled flights to islands and beaches within Sabah. This includes the islands of Gaya, Manukan and Sapi.

Hub Airport

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the hub airport for Sabah Air. It is an international airport based in the capital of Sabah, Malaysia. In 2019, it was the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

This airport is currently a hub for MASwings as well as a key destination for AirAsia, RB Link and Malaysia Airlines.

If you'd like to book flights to Sabah, we recommend flying to Kota Kinabalu International Airport.


Sabah Air operates its flights to Sabah with a fleet of small prop planes and helicopters. Below is a list of all the aircraft in its fleet:

  • 1 x GAF N22B Nomad
  • 4 x Bell 206B Jet Ranger (helicopter)
  • 1 x Beechcraft King Air
  • 1 x AgustaWestland AW109 Grand (helicopter)
  • 3 x Eurocopter AS355NP (helicopter)


29th August 2023

Sabah Air plans to operate scheduled passenger services in 2024

Kota Kinabalu-based general aviation operator Sabah Air, also known as Sabah Airlines, is planning to venture into scheduled passenger operations by next year. The airline, chaired by Kenny Chua, plans to start with a fleet of three leased aircraft. The lease agreement, which is open to various aircraft manufacturers beyond Boeing and Airbus, is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

Sabah Air aims to operate as a low-cost carrier, similar to airlines like AirAsia and Firefly, particularly on the Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur International route. This expansion plan has been made possible by increased revenues, bolstered by closed charter contracts in the oil and resources sector, and a growing influx of foreign investments into Sabah.

Sabah Air was originally established in 1975 by the Sabah state government to provide air transport services, including medical transfers and oil rig support flights. The airline's diversified fleet includes helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, contributing to its readiness for commercial operations.