From Nurulhuda Che Das
RIAU, (INDONESIA) Oct 26 (Bernama) — Firefly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, flew into Sumatera Sunday on its inaugural flight from Subang to Pekan Baru, one of the three new routes to the Indonesian province.
Firefly’s new aircraft, ATR72-500, departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to Sultan Syarif Kassim ll Airport in Pekan Baru.
The aircraft arrived at 12.05 pm local time and was welcomed by the Kepala Dinas Perhubungan Ir Faizal Q Karim M. Eng accompanied by the Malaysian Consulate to Pekan Baru, Mohd Nasri A. Rahman.
Firefly’s Head of Sales Department, Muizzuddin Mahmud said the two other routes are from Penang to Medan and from Penang to Banda Acheh.
“We hope that in the first month, the number of passengers would increase to 60-70 percent of the total capacity of 72 passengers at any one time,” he said at a press conference after launching Firefly’s inaugural flight ceremony here.
Muizzuddin said the new route would benefit citizens from both countries as they would be able to utilise low fares travelling with Firefly and enjoy its complimentary premium services.
“With the daily direct flight between Pekan Baru and Subang, travellers from both countries can visit their families and friends, seek medical treatment from established medical centres, engage in commerce and also enable students to enrol at internationally recognised universities and colleges,” he said.