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FIREFLY Completes Fleet Change to ATR 72-500

Subang, 21st December 2008.

Firefly announced today in an event today held at Hangar 1, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport that it has completed the fleet change to 5 brand new ATR 72-500 with the arrival of its 5th ATR, 9M FYE, on Monday 15th December 2008 from Toulouse. The event was to mark farewell to its last Fokker-50, 9M-MGI, which has served Firefly faithfully since the start of its operation in April 2007.

"It is indeed a historical yet emotional day for us at Firefly. We are happy and proud to announce that effective tomorrow, Firefly is now FULLY on the brand new ATR 72-500. At the same time we are equally emotional to bid farewell to our Fokker-50s – the aircrafts that we served us well during the initial startup stage," remarked Eddy Leong, Managing Director of Firefly.

Background of Firefly's Fokker-50

Firefly brought life to the 3 Grounded Fokker-50s

Fokker-50 features

Background of Firefly's ATR72-500

The Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of 10 firm and 10 option ATR72-500, valued at USD 366 mil (based on 2007 list price of US18.3mil per aircraft), between Firefly and ATR was signed on the 25 June 2007 in Rome witnessed by both the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Italy. The Purchase Agreement was eventually concluded in October 2007 and the official signing featured during the LIMA Air Show in December 2007, witnessed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport of Malaysia.

The ATR 72-500 is the critical component fueling Firefly's aggressive network expansion in 2008 and 2009. This 72-seat aircraft with unique handling capabilities best suits Firefly's network of secondary routes that could not be viably served by the conventional single-aisle jet aircraft. Its standards-beating environmental features in terms of carbon and noise emission also permit its operations into city airports, such as the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

"From a passenger experience standpoint, this new generation turboprop aircraft presents to the passengers leapfrog experience of luxury, comfort and silence. Firefly's ATR is equipped with state-of-the-art cabin interior, 2-abreast leather covered seating featuring a revolutionary comfortable seat with ample leg room and modern acoustic technology that drastically reduces cabin vibration and noise", Eddy Leong highlighted.

He added: "Compared to the Fokker 50, the 72-seat ATR gave us 44% additional revenue capacity whilst reducing operating cost by as much as 20%, especially on fuel and maintenance. Consequently on 16 December 2008, we have decided to remove fuel surcharge for all our flights."

Firefly now operates 5 brand new ATR72-500 and will receive another 5 by August 2009.

All of Firefly's ATR72-500s arrived on time in 2008:

Reg
Serial No.
Delivery
Fly Away
Arrived Subang
First Service
FYA
812
04 – 07 Aug
08 Aug
11 Aug
19 Aug
FYB
814
25 – 29 Aug
29 Aug
01 Sept
05 Sept
FYC
821
15 – 19 Sept
19 Sept
22 Sept
27 Sept
FYD
830
20 – 24 Oct
24 Oct
27 Oct
31 Oct
FYE
840
08 – 12 Dec
12 Dec
15 Dec
20 Dec

Forecasted arrival schedule in 2009 for the remaining 5 ATR72-500s:

Reg
Arrival
FYF
April
FYG
May
FYH
June
FYI
July
FYJ
August

Fokker 50 Pilots

The event ended with presentation of appreciation awards to Firefly's Fokker-50 pilots of which some will be retiring, some will be returning to Malaysia Airlines and some will be converted to Firefly's ATR pilots. They are:

Ref
Name
Last Position Held
Notes
1.
Captain Roland Thomas
Head of Flight Operations
Retiring
2.
Captain Rozman Hj Mohd Shukri
Chief Pilot – F50
MAS Secondee
3.
Captain Ahmad Redhuan Mohamad Marzuki
Chief Pilot Safety, Training & Standards
MAS Secondee
4.
Captain Kok Wai Kit
Captain – F50
MAS Secondee
5.
Captain Soo Siew Pong
Captain – F50
MAS Secondee
6.
FO Awangku Abdul Hariz Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar
First Officer
Royal Brunei Airlines Secondee
7.
FO Awangku Mohamed Nazmi Pengiran Hj Sabtu
First Officer
Royal Brunei Airlines Secondee
8.
FO Chang Shu Yong
First Officer
Firefly's Co-Pilot
9.
FO Hj Jose AR Rahimin Hj Abdul Rahim
First Officer
Firefly's Co-Pilot

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