Awana Skyway

07
Sep

2017

System Dossier: Awana Skyway

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Genting Highlands, also known as Resorts World Genting, is a Malaysian resort complex situated at the top of Gunung Ulu Kali (1,800 meters above sea level). This “City of Entertainment” is located about an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur and comprises of five hotels, shopping malls, a theme park, and casinos.

The idea of this hilltop resort was conceived by Malaysian entrepreneur Lim Goh Tong while he worked on a hydro-electric plant in the nearby Cameron Highlands. After an arduous construction process, Resorts World Genting opened its doors for business in 1971.

Today, Genting Highlands is a remarkable success. The resort is a one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in the region, attracting over 20 million visitors annually from across Malaysia and the rest of Asia. As this destination contains the country’s only legal land casino, it’s no surprise that Genting Highlands is dubbed the “Las Vegas of Malaysia”.

Aerial view of Resorts World Genting. Image by flickr user Chee Hong.

Currently Resorts World Genting is undergoing a 10-year transformation project (valued at RM10.3B/US$2.5B), in order to bolster the resort’s international profile. A number of world-class entertainment options for visitors are part of the plan, which includes the world’s first Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, the newly opened SkyAvenue shopping mall and, of course, the new cable car system — the Awana Skyway.

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15
Jul

2017

Photo of the Week: Awana Skyway

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16
Aug

2016

Awana Skyway: Malaysia’s Newest Ropeway

The Awana Skyway, built by Leitner Ropeways, is Malaysia’s latest cable car. The 2.8km aerial system, is one of the two gondolas that provide passengers with direct transportation to Genting Highlands.

Awana Skyway. Image by RWGentings.com

Awana Skyway. Image from Resort World Genting.

Map of cable cars. Image from RWGenting.com

Map of cable cars. Image from Resort World Genting.

Stats:

  • Capacity: 3,600 pphpd
  • Cabins: 99 (10 glass bottom)
  • Max Speed: 6 m/s (21.6 km/h)
  • Towers: 22
  • Travel time: 10 minutes
  • Vertical: 620m

For those who are unfamiliar with Malaysia, Genting Highlands is a hill resort known for its eclectic array of entertainment, shopping and gambling options.

The 10-MDG Awana Skyway was built to replace the old aerial tram system which reached the end of its life cycle in 2014 after being in operations for 40 years.

While the cable car was originally scheduled to open on August 1, the Skyway team was still waiting for final regulatory approvals at the time of this post’s writing.

In the meantime, check out the footage below for some behind-the-scenes action on the “Making of the Awana Skyway“.

 



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