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Firefly opens up Kuala Lumpur - Christmas Island connections

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Firefly opens up Kuala Lumpur - Christmas Island connections

6 Jun 2012

Subang - Firefly will introduce weekly scheduled charter service between Kuala Lumpur and Christmas Island in Australia from July 7. These services will be every Saturday, departing Kuala Lumpur at 9.20am and arriving at Christmas Island at 10.55am. The return flight leaves Christmas Island at 11.55am and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 3.30pm. Firefly will utilise its B737-400 aircraft which has a seating capacity of 162 on this route.

The new services are a collaboration between the airline and Sunwise Nominees Pty Ltd doing business as Christmas Island Air.

Its Director, Gee Foo, said: “We are targeting both business and leisure traffic out of Kuala Lumpur. Many Permanent Residents on Christmas Island have their roots in Malaysia. Eco-tourism is also a growing segment on Christmas Island.”

Besides the new services to Christmas Island, Firefly also operates twice weekly scheduled charter services between Malacca and Penang utilising its ATR72-500 turboprop aircraft and weekly charter services to Nanning direct from Kuala Lumpur and also via Penang utilising its B737-400 aircraft.

Firefly’s CEO, Ignatius M.C. Ong, said: “Our scheduled charter services are doing well because of our excellent customer service, reasonable fee and our willingness to accommodate our clients’ flight schedules.

“We are also flexible in accommodating special requests such as customised in-flight menus, use of lounge facilities at Subang Skypark and tailor-made inflight announcements. Most requests for scheduled charter services are to stations not serviced within the Firefly network.”

Besides providing scheduled charters, the airline also offers ad-hoc charters. Clients are mainly from corporate companies who book the entire aircraft for their company outings and corporate incentive programmes.

Charter flight schedule

Kuala Lumpur – Christmas Island – Kuala Lumpur (Every Saturday)

Flight No Route Departure Arrival Flight Time
FY8320 Kuala Lumpur/ Christmas Island 9.20am 10.55am 2 hours 35 min
FY8321 Christmas Island/ Kuala Lumpur 11.55am 3.30pm 2 hours 35 min

For booking of seats, please email Gee Foo at travelexchange@iinet.net.au

Background on Firefly

Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, began operations in April 2007. Currently, it operates a fleet of 12 ATR 72-500 turboprop out of Penang and Subang, connecting secondary destinations within the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle as well as providing air linkages between Malaysia and Singapore.

Firefly provides incredible value as well as convenient flight timings and excellent service to its passengers. On the ATR 72-500, passengers are allowed 20kg check-in baggage allowance, provided complimentary in-flight refreshment, assigned seating and convenient city airports.

Firefly had also received numerous awards and recognition. The most recent was on November 15, 2011 when Firefly was conferred “Superbrand” status. In July 2011, Firefly’s Managing Director, Dato’ Eddy Leong had been honoured for his outstanding leadership qualities and was awarded the Global Leadership Awards for Community Airline Sector.

Awards received last year include the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Value Airline of the Year award and the Green Initiative of the Year award by Leaders in Aviation in conjunction with the Doha Aviation Summit. Firefly is also recognised as the Best Brand in Aviation for the Brand Laureate. Firefly connects with the world through Facebook and Twitter.