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FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, operating as Firefly, is a full-service point-to-point carrier and a full subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. All flights included free 20 kg baggage allowance and light refreshment on board. Its head office is located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.[1] Firefly operates from two hubs – Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, Selangor and Penang International Airport. The airline's first flight was on 3 April 2007, from Penang to Kota Bharu.

Firefly Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded16 March 2007; 12 years ago (16 March 2007)
Commenced operations3 April 2007
HubsSultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Penang International Airport
Secondary hubsSenai International Airport
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport
Fleet size12
Company sloganBeyond Convenience
Parent companyMalaysia Airlines
HeadquartersPetaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia
Key peopleMr. Philip See

Management and operationEdit

Firefly has a separate management apart from its parent company, Malaysia Airlines. Firefly focuses on serving Malaysia as well as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

Idris Jala, Malaysia Airlines' managing director, speaking at a business briefing and launch of the new airline's logo on 16 March 2007, said Firefly would work with MAS in breaking new ground and realising a core network over the next five years. The core network would include markets such as North America, South America and South Africa.[2]

By end-2018, Firefly, the sole turboprop operator in Changi Airport, will move to Seletar Airport as Changi Airport wants to focus more on their jet operations. However, due to ongoing ILS dispute between Singapore and Malaysia, Firefly would need to be temporarily halt its move to Seletar Airport and need to maintain its operations at Changi Airport.[3][4]


Firefly ATR 72-500 at Langkawi Airport

Firefly flies from two hubs, Penang and Subang in Kuala Lumpur. The domestic flights from Penang are Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Subang, and international flights are Banda Aceh in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand. The flights out of Subang are Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu, whereas flights in and out of Singapore was terminated on 30 November 2018 and was re-continued on 22 April 2019.[5]

During its brief jet-operations in 2011, the airline operated flights to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sandakan and Sibu from its hub in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and internationally to Bandung and Surabaya via Johor Bahru. Domestically, the airline previously served an extensive intra-peninsula connection from its secondary hub in Penang to most major cities in Peninsular Malaysia, it has also axed its destinations to Kerteh, Kuantan, Ipoh and Malacca from Subang and Singapore. For its international routes, it has discontinued a majority of its cross-strait destinations in Sumatra to Pekanbaru, Medan, Batam and the Thai Peninsula to Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Hat Yai and Krabi. The airline also has halted its planned expansion to Bengkulu, Jambi and Pangkal Pinang.






As of August 2019, the Firefly fleet consists of the following ATR aircraft:[8][9]

Firefly Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 12
Total 12

Fleet developmentEdit

A Firefly Boeing 737-800 at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Firefly formerly operated jet-service in 2011 with its hub in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The jet operation was briefly served as the low-cost subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

Firefly started operations with two 50-seater Fokker 50 aircraft. It also took delivery of a third leased Fokker 50 aircraft to expand its services.

On 26 June 2007, Malaysia Airlines signed an agreement for the acquisition of ten ATR 72-500 aircraft with options for ten more (which was exercised), to replace the Fokker 50s.[10] The aircraft started to arrive from 11 August 2008,[11] with five delivered in 2008, five in 2009, four in 2010 and the rest in 2011.[12] All Fokker F50s retired by the end of 2008.

On 25 August 2010, Firefly announced that it would take up four ATR 72s in the option clause of the purchase agreement.[13] On 8 November 2010, Firefly announced an order for 30 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from year-end to 2015 as part of its expansion into east Malaysia initially, and into regional markets in the future. Firefly's first Boeing 737-800 arrived in December 2010 and began its operations on 15 January 2011.[14][15]

On 16 August 2011, Firefly announced that it would only operate the ATR aircraft from Subang and Penang, and cease its Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 flights.[16] Jet operations were discontinued in accordance with a restructuring-of-services agreement made between Malaysia Airlines (Firefly's parent company) and AirAsia. On 16 September 2011, Firefly ceased the Johor Bahru – Kuching route. Other Boeing 737 services, including Kuala Lumpur – Kuching, Kuala Lumpur – Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta, were transferred to Malaysia Airlines in October 2011.[17]

On 18 December 2012, MASwings' parent company, Malaysia Airlines, ordered 36 ATR 72-600s for its subsidiaries. Twenty of the ordered aircraft will be delivered to Firefly while the remaining sixteen will enter service with MASwings.


  1. ^ "Contact Info." Firefly. Retrieved on 21 April 2016. "Principal Office FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, Lot R-01, 3rd Floor, CITTA Mall, No: 1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia."
  2. ^ "Firefly to help MAS boost revenue".
  3. ^ "Seletar Airport Prepares for Turboprop Service". Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Singapore 2018: Seletar Airport set for turboprop move - Air & Cosmos - International". Air & Cosmos - International. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Firefly suspends all flights to Singapore from Dec 1". The Straits Times. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ "". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
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  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 20.
  9. ^ "Firefly Fleet Details and History".
  10. ^ "MAS inks RM62m deal". Archived from the original on 30 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Firefly - Get to Know Our Fleet".
  12. ^ "Positioning itself - Carving out its own seat". Archived from the original on 22 May 2011.
  13. ^ Marina Emmunuel. "Firefly to double ATR fleet to fuel expansion". Business Times Malaysia.
  14. ^ "Firefly expands with 737-800". Firefly (Malaysia).
  15. ^ Jeeva. "Firefly plans to expand services and take up 30 B737-800s". The Star (Malaysia).
  16. ^ Firefly to only run turboprop planes The Sun Daily
  17. ^ flyfireflyz (16 September 2011). "NEWS: FireFly starts cancelling routes to Sarawak".

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