Category Archives: Firefly

Firefly to reinstate flights to Singapore from Subang

Firefly, the low-cost arm of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), is set to resume its service from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang (SZB) to Seletar Airport (XSP), the commercial airport serving the north-east region of Singapore, after more than two years of suspension due to the pandemic and border closure, effective June 13, 2022.

The twice-daily return flights are set to be operated by ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft with a capacity of 72 seats and will progressively increase their services by the end of the year.

Flight Schedule

Routes Flight No Time Frequency
Subang to Seletar FY3124 0730hrs – 0850hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
FY3128 1255hrs – 1415hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Seletar to Subang FY3125 0920hrs – 1040hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
FY3129 1445hrs – 1805hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Subang to Seletar FY3126 0930hrs – 1050hrs Saturday – Sunday
FY3130 1455hrs – 1615hrs Saturday – Sunday
Seletar to Subang FY3127 1120hrs – 1240hrs Saturday – Sunday
FY3131 1645hrs – 1605hrs Saturday – Sunday

The airline recently celebrated its 15th anniversary by launching its new Boeing 737-800s from Penang (PEN) to Johor Bahru (JHB), Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH).

Launched on April 3, 2007, Firefly is operated by FlyFirefly Sdn. Bhd. (346606-K) formerly known as MAS Sdn. Bhd. and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad (955566-U). Operating out of the Penang and Subang hubs, Firefly provides connections to various points within Malaysia, Southern Thailand, Singapore and Sumatera of Indonesia, aligning itself with the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) agenda. Firefly are also extending its reach to include Sabah and Sarawak, as well as bridging the gap between northern peninsular states and southern states in Johor and Kuala Lumpur, all via our Penang hub.

Firefly aircraft photo gallery:

Malaysia Airlines resumes flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, will restart Firefly

Malaysia Airlines has announced it has recommenced  flights from Penang to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu beginning December 2021 to March 2022 as demand for domestic travels starts to show a positive trend following the relaxation of interstate travel ban and the upcoming year-end holidays.

These routes will soon be served by the airline’s sister company, Firefly from April 2022 onwards, resuming its jet operations based in Penang which was suspended since April 2021 due to prolonged movement control order that resulted in poor demand. This move complements the Malaysia Airlines in serving the leisure market while diversifying Firefly’s base connecting secondary cities in Malaysia to East Malaysia.

On December 2, the inaugural flight MH2721 from Penang arrived in Kuching International Airport at 9:55 am (above) and was welcomed with a water cannon salute, followed by cultural performances at the terminal. YB Dato’ Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and representatives from Malaysia Aviation Group, including Captain Nasaruddin A. Bakar, the Chief Operating Officer of MASwings handed out souvenirs to passengers upon disembarkation.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail of Malaysia Aviation Group said,

“Malaysia Aviation Group plays a unique role in stimulating the travel and tourism industry. We are honored to recommence our flight operations connecting key domestic sectors namely Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.

Firefly will soon be resuming its jet operations to serve these key domestic sectors. This move is very timely as air travel gradually picks up domestically and we are ready to serve business or leisure travelers with the connectivity they need. With the resumption of Firefly’s jet operations, customers will enjoy a flexible service concept – with product unbundling to suit the leisure focused and price-sensitive customers, providing a more significant value proposition

With these direct flights from Penang to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, coupled with additional frequencies from Kuala Lumpur serving the routes, we are confident that this connectivity will reinvigorate domestic tourism for Malaysia’s largest secondary cities.”

The airline currently utilizes the Boeing 737-800 aircraft on both routes and operates four times weekly for Penang-Kota Kinabalu and two times weekly for Penang-Kuching routes.

Flights table below:



Routes Flight No Time Weekly Frequency
Penang to Kota Kinabalu MH2730 0910hrs – 1210hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Kota Kinabalu to Penang MH2731 1310hrs – 1600hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Penang to Kuching MH2721 0740hrs – 0955hrs Thursday
MH2723 1310hrs – 15255hrs Saturday
Kuching to Penang MH2722 1110hrs – 1315hrs Thursday
MH2724 1625hrs – 1830hrs Saturday


*The flight schedule above may change subject to customer demands and government regulations. T&Cs apply.



Malaysia Airlines firms up its order for 20 new ATR 72-600s for Firefly and MASwings

MASwings ATR 72-600 (07)(Flt)(ATR)(LRW)

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has signed a purchase agreement for 20 firm ATR 72-600s, plus options for 16 additional aircraft. The deal is valued at over $840 million (US), including options. The signature of this new contract follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced by the airline in December 2012. With this signature, Malaysia Airlines brings to 42 the total of firm ATR 72s purchased since the initial purchase agreement in 2007. Malaysia Airlines currently has 22 ATR 72-500s, operated by business units Firefly (12) and MASwings (10).  The introduction of these aircraft, which are the first ATR -600s to be selected for the growing Malaysian and regional market, will reinforce Firefly’s and MASwings position on community markets and business routes and confirms Malaysia Airlines as a major operator of ATRs in Asia. Deliveries will start by mid 2013.

The arrival of these new ATR 72-600s will enable Malaysia Airlines to further expand its regional offer, adding new routes and frequencies to its global network. The new ATR 72-600 delivers the latest innovations in terms of passenger comfort, with the award-winning Armonia cabin designed by Giugiaro and equipped with new slim line seats, larger overhead bins and appealing LED lighting.

Besides the 22 ATR 72-500s operated by Firefly and MASwings, Malaysia Airlines also has a fleet of over 100 medium and long-haul Airbus A330s, A380s, Boeing 737s, 747s and 777s.

Malaysia Airlines has just become a member of oneworld alliance, and operates flights to Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and the US West coast.

Commenting on the deal, Ahmad Jauhari, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, declared: “We have been partnering with ATR for the last five years, and we are really satisfied with the outstanding performance and the commercial results that our ATR 72s provide to our growing community networks. The ATR aircraft are clearly playing an important role in the development of Malaysia Airlines, as they connect regional destinations and enable us to feed larger aircraft at our main hubs. The new aircraft will further improve the guest experience on our community airlines as they connect more and more people across Malaysia and the surrounding regions”.

Image: ATR.

Malaysia Airlines: AG Slide Show

Firefly to operate weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Christmas Island for Christmas Island Air

Firefly ( (Subang) will introduce weekly scheduled charter service between Kuala Lumpur and Christmas Island in Australia from July 7. These services will be operated every Saturday, departing Kuala Lumpur at 9.20 am (0920) and arriving at Christmas Island at 10.55 am (1055). The return flight leaves Christmas Island at 11.55 am (1155) and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 3.30 pm (1530). Firefly will utilize its Boeing 737-400 aircraft which has a seating capacity of 162 on this route.

The new services are a collaboration between the airline and Sunwise Nominees Pty Ltd doing business as Christmas Island Air.

Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. It is 2,600 1,600 miles northwest of Perth, 220 miles south of Jakarta and 1,708 miles west of Darwin. Christmas Island is famous for tropical seabirds and red crabs.

Flight No Route Departure Arrival Flight Time
FY8320 Kuala Lumpur/ Christmas Island 9.20am 10.55am 2 hours 35 min
FY8321 Christmas Island/ Kuala Lumpur 11.55am 3.30pm 2 hours 35 min

Copyright Photo: Felix Gottwald. 




Firefly to end jet operations on December 4

Firefly ( (Penang) is planning to end Boeing jet operations on December 4 according to Airline Routes. The Boeing 737s will be merged into the Malaysia Airlines fleet. The carrier will focus on regional ATR 72-500 operations from Subang and Penang and will no longer serve Kuala Lumpur.

Firefly Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Firefly to exit Boeing 737 operations, will only operate ATR 72-500s

Firefly ( (Subang) will continue as a regional subsidiary under Malaysia Airlines, but will now only operate ATR 72-500 turboprops from Subang and Penang. The Boeing 737-400 and 737-800s will be transferred to a new full-service regional airline named Sapphire according to this report by The Sun Daily.

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Firefly Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The bright color scheme of Boeing 737-8F2 9M-FFF (msn 39320) brightens up a very dreary day in Seattle (Boeing Field) prior to its delivery on June 28, 2011. This will soon become a rare photo.


Firefly to take early delivery of the first of 30 new Boeing 737-800s

Firefly ( (subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines) (Subang) will take delivery of two jet aircraft ahead of schedule this year, thus allowing it to further improve connectivity and flight timings domestically and regionally.

According to Firefly, delivery of the two jets were targeted at year-end of 2011. However, the company will take delivery of its sixth Boeing 737-800 and the second Boeing 737-400 in June 2011.

Of the two jets, the Boeing 737-800 will be stationed in Firefly’s Central hub in Kuala Lumpur and the Boeing 737-400 will be stationed in Johor Bahru.

The new routes using the new Boeing 737s includes the twice daily flights from Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu, commencing on June 16; twice daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sibu starting on July 1; twice daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan from August 1; four weekly flights to Surabaya commencing on August 14 and three weekly flights to Bandung from August 16.

These new routes are in addition to existing routes which include six daily flights between Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu; seven daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching and twice daily flights between Johor Bahru and Kuching.

Firefly’s new routes from Kuala Lumpur:

On November 8, 2010, Firefly announced the order of 30 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from year-end of 2011 to 2015 as part of its expansion into east Malaysia initially, and into regional markets in future. Firefly’s first Boeing 737-800 arrived in December 2010 and began its operations on January 15, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The first of the 30 new Boeing 737-800s is this Boeing 737-8F2 9M-FFF (msn 39320) getting ready for the handover at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

Firefly prepares to add its first Boeing 737-400

Firefly ( (Subang) is planning to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-400.

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. Ex-Air One Boeing 737-430 EI-COH (msn 27001) rolled out of the paint shop at East Midlands January 4 in full Firefly colors. The new type will become 9M-FZA on delivery.

Firefly to introduce the new Boeing 737-800 on January 15 from Kuala Lumpur

Firefly (FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd) ( (subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines) (Subang) has announced its next phase of expansion. The subsidiary is adding a new fleet of Boeing 737-800s and will operate out of the main terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the new aircraft. The airline intends to operate 30 aircraft by 2015.

Firefly’s first Boeing 737-800 arrives in December 2010 and will begin revenue operations on January 15, 2011.

The first routes from January 15, 2011:

Twice daily Kuala Lumpur – Kota Kinabalu
Twice daily Kuala Lumpur – Kuching

The name Firefly (in Mandarin fei ying; in Bahasa Malaysia Kunang-Kunang) was chosen to depict the airline’s characteristics, which are agility, brilliance, charming and fun.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Firefly currently operates a fleet of ATR 72-500s. Please click on the photo for additional background information.