Malaysia’s Firefly to expand fleet as network expands

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Firefly (FY, Penang) plans to add seven more aircraft in phases over the next two to three years to increase its domestic, ASEAN and Asia-Pacific capacity, according to Izham Ismail, chief executive of Firefly’s parent company, Malaysia Airlines. (MH, Kuala Lumpur International).

“Domestic travel and short-haul flights are expected to be in high demand, and this will meet the growing demand from the northern region with Penang as Firefly’s new hub,” he told reporters after attending the the resumption of a B737-800 service from Penang in April. 11, 2022.

“Additional Firefly aircraft over the next two to three years are expected to expand its flight network and at the same time introduce new markets to attract passengers to Malaysia via Penang to boost the economy, trade, [and] tourism industries,” he said.

Firefly briefly had narrowbody operations from Penang with its parent’s B737-800s last year, but shelved the idea after just three flights and returned all planes to Malaysian Airlines in July 2021.

The regional subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines currently has two B737-800s operating from Penang, according to the ch-aviation advanced fleets module. 9M-MLG (msn 31779) and 9M-MLH (msn 31723) on April 11 began flying from Penang to Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Kuching, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.

Ismail said Penang frequencies would go from:

  • 2 daily return flights to Johor Bahru, up to 3x daily from 25 April 2022;
  • a daily return flight to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, increasing to 2x daily from April 25, 2022.

Firefly also operates a fleet of twelve ATR72-500s from Kuala Lumpur Subang.

Editorial Comment: Corrected registration of B737-800 (msn 31723) from 9M-MJH to 9M-MLH. – 14.04.2022 – 05:26 UTC

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