13 December 2011
Subang - Firefly’s fourth annual dinner on December 10 was a bitter-sweet event as staff bade an emotional farewell to Firefly Managing Director and COO for the Short Haul Operation/ Firefly, Dato’ Eddy Leong who is leaving Firefly, with everyone wishing him the very best in his new career at Destinations Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd.
Expressions of heartfelt thanks and appreciation for Leong echoed late into the night and were testament to his dedication and service to the Malaysia Airlines Group and for his sterling leadership which saw Firefly grow into the well recognised and respected brand it is today.
The Firefly family also used this opportunity to welcome Ignatius Ong, who will replace Leong as the new COO for the Shorthaul Operation/ Firefly.
AirAsia Group CEO and MAS Group Board of Directors, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Malaysia Airlines Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya were guests-of- honour at this event which aptly bore the James Bond theme, “Tomorrow Never Dies”. The annual dinner was held at D’nest Hangar.
(From Left) Malaysia Airlines Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya; Outgoing Firefly Managing Director/COO for the Short Haul Operation, Dato’ Eddy Leong; AirAsia Group CEO and MAS Board Director, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Incoming COO Short Haul Operation/ Firefly, Ignatius Ong having a great time at Firefly’s annual dinner on December 10.
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.