Tuesday, 3 April 2012
MAS canceled plans
AVIATION Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to cancel plans to set up a subsidiary company of regional short-haul premium flights and instead will offer the service through a new department. Chief Operating Officer Short Range MAS / Firefly, Ignatius Ong, said the decision was made following the re-done some adjustments to the business module MAS for the initiative of regional airlines.
The strategy and operational objectives for the premium short-haul services remained unchanged, but there will be no new airline. "Operation (for services) will be placed under the MAS," he told reporters after the fifth anniversary of Firefly at Subang, Selangor yesterday. Ong, however, can not reveal detailed information on the matter because he said it would be announced by top management of MAS soon. establishment of premium short-haul airline announced new CEO of MAS management, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, when presenting the company's business recovery plan The national carrier late last year. Service will use the full range of new aircraft Boeing 737-800 is targeted to meet the needs of luxury travelers. on an expansion plan of operation for Firefly, Ong said the airline community this year will add two or three new destinations and the frequency of flights to existing destinations. He said, in tandem with the expansion, the community airline also plans to increase the number of aircraft. Currently Firefly operates 12 turboprop aircraft types that provide services to 24 destinations in the country and the region. It recently launched a service for two new routes, namely Kota Bharu, Johor Bahru and Kuala-Hatyai. Ong said, however, the path-Hatyai Subang, Firefly had to stop for a while following the bombing case in the city in Thailand last week, and will restart after the government disclosed that it is a safe destination to visit. In the meantime, in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the community airline, is offering a low-cost start from RM55 for one way flight for a few selected routes. route from Subang, which include Penang-Subang Kota Bharu: Subang-Langkawi: Subang-Kuala Lumpur and Subang-Alor Setar. Reservations can be made starting today until 8 April 2012 for flights from 23 April until 27 October next. Firefly is also working with Big Apple Donuts & Coffee for offering its customers discounts of up to 50 percent for the purchase of donuts with juice or Americano coffee drink at the restaurant branch in Subang Parade shopping center or Subang Airport until 7 April.