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”.
Firefly (Fireflyz.com.my) (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.
||Kuala Lumpur/ Christmas Island
||2 hours 35 min
||Christmas Island/ Kuala Lumpur
||2 hours 35 min
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Firefly (fireflyz.com.my) (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.
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Firefly (firefly.com.my) (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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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 (fireflyz.com.my) (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 (fireflyz.com.my) (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 (FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd) (fireflyz.com.my) (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.