Firefly celebrated its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Sibu Airport on Friday. Passengers on the first service were given a grand reception by way of a traditional Sarawak greeting led by Sarawak Tourism Board’s CEO, Rashid Khan and Firefly’s Managing Director, Eddy Leong. Lau Nai Hoh, President of the United Chinese Association Sibu Division, and his team of 30 were also at the airport, and took the return flight from Sibu to KL.
“The commencement of Firefly’s twice-daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu signifies our commitment in providing direct air access via linking our nation’s capital with the central region of Sarawak. The objective is to offer travel convenience between East and West Malaysia and to provide easy domestic connectivity to foreigners visiting Malaysia,” Leong said.
“Firefly’s codeshare with Malaysia Airlines is an added value that strengthens our position in East Malaysia and also other routes. It allows passengers to purchase Firefly tickets from any Malaysian Airlines ticketing office worldwide. This is especially convenient for overseas travellers who wish to make onward connections and visit destinations serviced by Firefly,” he added.
Firefly is also investing in a system upgrade which will enable the airline to offer interlining facilities with Malaysia Airlines for passenger and baggage check-through to their final destination. This will commence on 1 September 2011. Firefly takes over the KL-Sibu flight from Malaysia Airlines which will withdraw on 1 August.