Thursday, August 26, 2010

Firefly to start Sabah flights?

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is keen on wholly-owned FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd start operating its B737-400 aircraft to Sabah.

Firefly is said to have been in talks with Sabah tourism authorities, and is likely to proceed with the move by the year-end.

MAS has been reported to have 36 B737-400 aircraft, which are due to exit from service by 2014.

Firefly currently operates the ATR 72-500 turbopropeller servicing routes in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia from its two hubs at the Penang and Subang airports.

Sources said both Firefly and MAS will operate the Sabah routes, with Firefly flying out of the KL International Airport in Sepang.

On August 9, MAS said Kota Kinabalu would be its eastern hub and gateway to promote travels to and from China, Taiwan, North Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

The hub will be developed over three stages from November 15 this year to June 3 next year.

MAS said it was targeting 150 flights and a cabin crew of 250 for the Kota Kinabalu hub by next June.

Six aircraft, two of which would be the B737-800 and four B737-400, would be based in Kota Kinabalu.

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