Thursday October 30, 2008
By SAM CHEONG
FLIGHT FY3608 landed safely at Koh Samui in Thailand on Oct 26, signifying a milestone for Malaysian low-cost carrier Firefly.
All the 71 passengers, anong whom were Malaysian media representatives, alighted from the ATR-72-500 twin turbo propeller aircraft at 10.35am local time to a rousing welcome by local officials, including the Firefly staff members, hotel operators, Thai Tourism Authority and provincial government representatives.
The two-hour flight was the airline’s first direct flight from Subang. The service is expected to boost the regional economy, in tandem with other regional destinations within Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand offered by the airlines.
Prior to the direct flight from Subang’s Terminal 3, the airline had been commuting four times a week to Koh Samui from Penang (Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays).
The Firefly flights from Subang are also scheduled four times weekly. The airline’s head of communications and marketing, Angelina Fernandez, said more destinations had been picked within Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand and services are scheduled to begin early next year.
She added that with the direct service from Subang to Koh Samui, more first-time travellers were expected to check out the destination.
Fernandez said the airline also included a holiday package to the island that lies off the Kra Ithmus. Options range from air fares, starting from RM180 per person, to a three-day/two-night hotel stay and ticketing package for RM2,800.
She encouraged travellers to take advantage of the airline’s on-line promotions that cover low fare for a return trip as well as accommodation options.
For details on Firefly’s weekly direct flights to Koh Samui, log on to www.fireflyz.com.my.