Friday, 1 July 2011
Firefly wingspan to South Asia
COMPANY community airline, Firefly, plans to add new destinations in South and North within the next five years, said managing director Datuk Eddy Leong. He said the company will explore new routes in North Asia, including Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, and Indian subcontinent in Southeast Asia.
"We will fly over the ASEAN as part of a long-term plans to offer flights to popular destinations," he said after launching Firefly's inaugural flight to Sibu, Sarawak.
Under code-sharing with its parent company Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Firefly offers the Kuala Lumpur-Sibu, using B737-800 for the Kuala Lumpur-Sandakan beginning August 1. Leong said, Firefly will also identify new domestic destinations such as Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Miri and Bintulu and at the same time, making Singapore as a hub airport for connecting flight to Kuching, Sibu and Surabaya, Indonesia. "Everything is still at an early stage because we need to discuss with our parent company about the best way to add a factor capacity of existing routes, "he said. He said the launch of twice-daily flights between Kuala Lumpur to Sibu, Firefly's commitment to provide direct access to the capital to the state central region. He said, the service offers the convenience of travel between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular and at the same time providing an easy domestic connections for foreigners visiting the country. Sibu Firefly's second destination in Sarawak after Kuching. Flights depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7:20 am and 6:40 pm and from Sibu at 9:45 am and 9:05 pm