MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) will hand over to its low-cost subsidiary, Firefly, domestic routes from Johor Bahru to the two East Malaysian state capitals.
Firefly will commence operations from its southern hub with twice-daily, return flights from Johor Bahru to Kuching from May 19. Later on June 16, it will kickstart twice-daily, return flights from Johor Bahru to Kota Kinabalu.
Firefly managing director Eddy Leong said the decision was made based on passenger profile for the route, which comprises mainly FIT leisure travellers and non-executive workers.
He said Firefly’s Boeing 737-400, with an all-economy configuration, was more suitable for carrying this segment of travellers, compared to MAS’ two-class configuration of business and economy seats.
Firefly will take delivery of its second B737-400 in May, to be stationed in Johor Bahru. The aircraft will be used to operate daily flights between Johor Bahru and Langkawi and between Johor Bahru and Penang during the school holiday period from May 27 to June 12.
From August 1, Firefly will also mount twice-daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan.