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Firefly commences twice daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan today

1 August 2011

Sandakan – Firefly, Your Community Airline, celebrated its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Sandakan Airport today.

FY 540 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7am today and arrived at Sandakan Airport at 9.45am with a load factor of 90 per cent.

Firefly’s Managing Director, Dato’ Eddy Leong, was among those on-board this flight. Upon arrival, Leong and all other passengers were warmly greeted by Sandakan Municipal Council President, Datuk lr James Wong, Sabah Tourism Board Chairman, Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin and a welcome troupe dressed in traditional costumes and carrying Bunga Manggar.

Happy children with new toys from Firefly

Passengers on this inaugural flight included 38 travel agents, bloggers and members of the media from Kuala Lumpur who had been specially invited by Firefly to experience Firefly’s newest service and participate in a three-day familiarisation trip in Sandakan which included a visit to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The highlight of this trip will be Firefly’s adoption of three young Orang Utans as part of the airline’s efforts to contribute to the preservation of this human-like species.

In his speech, Leong said: “We are operating this route with our newest Boeing 737-800, which has a seating capacity of 189. Our fares may be low, but we offer premium facilities such as aerobridges for passenger comfort and safety and a chance to experience the world renown award-winning airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport that we operate from.

Having fun, Firefly staff and residents of Bukit Harapan

“In addition, we let passengers decide how much they should pay by giving them the flexibility of choosing to add on to the price of the ticket, the cost of in-flight meals, seat selection, checked-baggage fees and more.

“Our code share agreement with Malaysia Airlines will enable customers to purchase Firefly tickets from MAS distribution network worldwide. Customers will enjoy similar services on Firefly in terms of meals and checked baggage allowance if they purchase tickets under the MH9000 series.

“Come Quarter 4, our departure control system upgrade will be operational and with this we will be able to offer passenger and baggage check through to the final destination. This is an added convenience for Firefly passengers with onward journey on Malaysia Airlines as they only need to collect their baggage at their final destination.”

Firefly is currently offering promotional fares on this Kuala Lumpur-Sandakan route, from RM29 one way, all-in fare. The booking period is up to August 3 for travel from August 10 to 20 October, 2011.


Kuala Lumpur – Sandakan/ Sandakan – Kuala Lumpur

Flight No
Flight Time
FY 540
KL – Sandakan
2 hr 45 min
FY 546
KL – Sandakan
2 hr 45 min
FY 541
Sandakan – KL
2 hr 45 min
FY 547
Sandakan – KL
2 hr 45 min

Promotional fare

From RM29 one way, all-in fare
Booking period: Now until 3 August 2011
Travel period: 10 August 2011 – 20 October 2011

Background on Firefly

Firefly began its operations in 2007 and currently operates a fleet of 10 ATR 72-500 turboprop, four B737-800s and one B737-400s. The ATR 72-500s operate out of Penang and Subang. The B737-800s operate out of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu while the B737-400s operate out of Johor Bahru.

Firefly services include point-to-point connectivity, aligning with the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) agenda that offer services within Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

Firefly offers low fares, providing incredible value as well as convenient flight timings and excellent service to its passengers. On the ATR 72-500s, passengers are allowed 20kg check-in baggage allowance, provided complimentary in-flight refreshment, assigned seating and city airports as our hubs. With the Jet services, passengers are guaranteed lowest fares and savings on bundled sets of services and aerobridge facilities at all airports Firefly flies to.

Firefly won the “2010 Frost & Sullivan Value Airline of the Year” award and the “Green Initiative of the Year 2010” award by Leaders in Aviation in conjunction with the Doha Aviation Summit 2010. Firefly is also recognised as the Best Brand in Aviation for the Brand Laureate 2010.

Firefly is proud to be the first company in Malaysia and the second airline in the world to have a page on Foursquare, the location-based social network that enables travellers to discover useful travel tips near their airports or destinations. For more interesting facts and tips, visit http://foursquare.com/flyfirefly to meet up with friends, discover new places and unlock rewards as you travel. Firefly also connects with the world through Facebook and Twitter.

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