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Firefly launches twice daily return flights from Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu

16 Jun 2011

KOTA KINABALU - Firefly, Your Community Airline, will commence twice daily return flights between Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu from today. This is the second capital city in East Malaysia that Firefly serves from its Southern Hub in Johor Bahru. On May 19, Firefly launched four daily services between Johor Bahru and Kuching.

Firefly’s managing director, Dato’ Eddy Leong, said: “The Johor Bahru – Kota Kinabalu route signifies an improvement in connectivity between East and West Malaysia and from Johor to North Asia, connecting through Kota Kinabalu.

“Kota Kinabalu is a gateway to North Asia and to the rest of Borneo Island with many direct flight connections. Additionally, our strong network and code share with Malaysia Airlines and MASwings will further provide seamless travel to our guests and help stimulate the economic growth through the tourism industry for the states of Sabah and Johor.”

“Today’s Johor Bahru – Kota Kinabalu route also underlines our commitment towards our Eastern hub in Kota Kinabalu where we will position a second aircraft this year.

“As a Community Airline, it is our privilege to develop routes that are beneficial to the communities. We have started marketing our Kota Kinabalu - Johor Bahru route to Singaporeans and Indonesians. We anticipate business and leisure tourists from both countries to connect to Sabah and even beyond, from our southern hub in Johor Bahru.

The seat factor on the inaugural flight from Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu sector today was 98 per cent. Commenting on the load factor, Leong said: “The good load factor is testimony to the great teamwork between Firefly and the tourism bodies of Sabah and Johor in further promoting these destinations.”


Firefly’s Johor Bahru – Kota Kinabalu/ Kota Kinabalu – Johor Bahru route

Flight No
Flight Time
FY 802
2 hours 15 min
FY 804
2 hours 15 min
FY 801
2 hours 15 min
FY 803
2 hours 15 min

Domestic and regional expansion plans

The following new routes are already on sale:

*July 1 – Twice daily from Kuala Lumpur and Sibu;
*August 1 – Twice daily services between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan;
*August 14 – Four weekly flights between Johor Bahru and Surabaya;
*August 16 – Three weekly flights between Johor Bahru and Bandung;

Existing routes using jet aircraft.

*Six daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu;
*Seven daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching;
*Twice daily flights from Johor Bahru to Kuching;
*Twice daily flights from Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu.

Passenger traffic on Firefly is expected to more than triple by the end of this year, from 1.3 million at the end of 2010 to five million as the airline takes delivery of more aircraft.

Benefits to customers flying on Firefly’s Jets include guaranteed lowest fares with premium services such as aerobridge facilities at all the airports Firefly flies to, including on this Johor Bahru-Kota Kinabalu-Johor Bahru route. In addition, guests have the option of choosing to add on to the cost of the ticket the price of in-flight meals, seat selection, checked-baggage fees or more, thus allowing them the flexibility of deciding how much they wish to pay.

The Standard and Premium sets of services allow passengers to enjoy more convenience for less. Low fares signify the company’s commitment to better serve the community and provide discerning travelers greater choices and incredible value for money.

Onboard today’s inaugural flight were representatives from Johor Tourism Department, Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, members of the media and travel agents.

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