14 May 2011
Kota Kinabalu – Firefly, Your Community Airline, welcomed the arrival of its third Boeing 737-800 aircraft today, at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. At a press conference held, Firefly’s Managing Director, Dato’ Eddy Leong said that the third aircraft will be stationed and operating as scheduled from Firefly’s eastern hub in Kota Kinabalu, starting 15 May. This will strengthen its current network with increased frequencies.
Leong added, “We are delighted to take delivery of our third B 737-800 aircraft, as it significantly marks a new phase and growth in Firefly’s eastern hub operations with the commitment of early morning departure from Kota Kinabalu, and a wider spread of flights overall, between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
The arrival of this additional aircraft will enable us to operate in a particularly economic and flexible way, whereby it will be supplementing our overall jet operation. Despite the additional frequencies, the new aircraft will be offering less turn-around flights for our Kota Kinabalu route, resulting in less aircraft maintenance need hence overall cost savings for Firefly. In addition, it will be able to contribute to our East Malaysia business by supporting unforeseen technical situation and charter flight requests.”
FY 6402 took off at 10.05 am from KLIA with Firefly’s third aircraft, bearing the registration number of 9MFFC with an encouraging load factor of more than 90%. On hand to welcome this flight was its Managing Director and members of the media.
“Kota Kinabalu International Airport is a significant hub that supplements Firefly’s services in terms of offering connectivity to long haul flights for travellers, local and abroad. Firefly’s passengers will enjoy incredible value with low fares as we are offering savings of up to 20% with our seamless holistic approach and customers will be able to enjoy the same level of booking convenience, comfort and superior service at low fares on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These low fares signify the company’s commitment to better serve the community and provide discerning travellers greater choice and incredible value for money. Firefly has also decided NOT to implement any additional fuel surcharges for the foreseeable future,” added Leong.
Firefly is currently offering three daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, and will operate with three additional flights from Terminal 1 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport, from 15 May. This brings the total number to six flights daily between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kota Kinabalu.
Leong reiterated that Firefly will have seven Boeing 737-800s in 2011 and subsequently has a 5-year plan which will see it introducing 30 B737-800. There will of course be announcements of new routes in the future as our fleet grows.”
Firefly is currently offering a special promotion of RM 29 all-in one way to Kota Kinabalu, which is available online at fireflyz.com.my and through Mobile Booking m.fireflyz.com.my. The booking period is from now to 18 May with the travel period from the 23 May to 31 July 2011.