Firefly Jet makes a comeback to facilitate domestic connections

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has reinstated Firefly’s operations from its Penang Hub, with services to Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to spur domestic tourism.

Flights are operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

From left: Sabah state assistant Joniston Bangkuai and Jafry Ariffin presenting goodie bags to Firefly passengers from Penang who arrived in Kota Kinabalu on the inaugural flight on April 11

This coincides with Firefly’s 15th anniversary as well as the recent reopening of Malaysia’s borders.

Firefly CEO Philip See said in a press statement: “We have seen the extent of what the pandemic has done to various industries globally, but now we are in a position where restrictions have eased as nations begin to live and travel with Covid-19.

“We are delighted that Firefly resumes its jet operations at this crucial time, and simultaneously begins servicing new routes that will significantly benefit connectivity for tourists and communities.”

Sabah’s tourism, culture, and environment minister Jafry Ariffin has responded to Firefly’s comeback with a positive note. He said the Penang-Kota Kinabalu route is expected to draw more international arrivals to the state of Sabah, due to Penang’s close proximity with Langkawi, which receives international flights.

He added: “This Firefly route has unquestionably made Sabah more accessible to Malaysians and visitors alike.”

Firefly will offer twice daily return flights to Johor Bahru and daily return flights from to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Frequencies will be stepped up from April 25 – three times daily to Johor Bahru and twice daily to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Firefly has also introduced its new value bundle services where customers can customise components to their travel needs and get 50 per cent off bundle offers from Plus, Extra or Flex fares. The bundles includes a 20kg baggage allowance, in-flight hot meals, two times flight change, priority baggage, boarding and check-in, all seat selection, travel insurance and other perks.

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