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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded16 March 2007; 16 years ago (2007-03-16)
Commenced operations3 April 2007; 16 years ago (2007-04-03)
Secondary hubs Kota Kinabalu
Focus cities Kuching
Fleet size15
Parent company Malaysia Airlines
Headquarters Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Firefly (stylised as firefly) is a low-cost carrier subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines that offers flights within Malaysia, as well as to Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. [1] Firefly operates from its main hub at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang and Penang International Airport, as well as its secondary hub at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The airline's first flight was on 3 April 2007, from Penang to Kota Bharu. The company slogan is Beyond Convenience.


Firefly offers domestic flights from Penang to Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Subang, and to the international destinations Changi in Singapore, Banda Aceh in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand. Its flights from Subang serve Penang, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu and Seletar and Changi in Singapore.

The airline briefly operated jet aircraft in 2011, offering flights to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sandakan and Sibu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and internationally to Bandung and Surabaya via Johor Bahru. Acting as a low-cost arm for Malaysia Airlines, the airline planned to include destinations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, China, India and Taiwan by 2015. [2]

Domestically, the airline previously served an extensive intra-peninsula connection from its turboprop secondary hub in Penang and Johor Bahru to most major cities in Peninsular Malaysia. Nonetheless, following the major restructuring of the company, the airline decided to axe its jet operations by the end of 2011 and halt its planned turboprop expansion to Bangkok–Don Mueang (via Kota Bharu), [3] Bengkulu, Jambi and Pangkal Pinang.

Firefly operates scheduled passenger flights from Singapore's Seletar Airport since 2019 and Changi Airport since March 2023, flying to its Subang hub using turboprop aircraft. [4] [5] In the same year, the airline announced its interest to commence a new operation to Betong Airport in Thailand from Kuala Lumpur-Subang. [6] [7] [8]

In October 2020, the company has announced the resumption of its jet service from January 2021. Concentrating secondary routes from Penang International Airport, the airline selected Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Johor Bahru as its pioneer destinations. In March 2022, Firefly announced that they will be flying from Penang to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching using their B737-800 aircraft starting April 2022. On 11 April 2022, Firefly had its B737-800 inaugural passenger flight from Johor to Penang.

Other than that, Firefly said they also have plans to make Kota Kinabalu International Airport their secondary hub by 2023. [9]

From May 2023, Firefly has begun to operate intra- Borneo jet services previously operated by its parent company Malaysia Airlines. Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching, Tawau and Sandakan will be operated by their fleet of single-class B737-800s, with frequencies all increasing to once-daily return services (from 2-5x weekly before). [10] The move is believed to be part of efforts to counter the dominant position held by low-cost carrier AirAsia. [11]

The Airline has codeshare services with its subsidiary Malaysia Airlines with capability to collect Enrich frequent flyer points along with MH Flypas being redeemable on selected firefly flights. [12]

In the past, the airline has operated scheduled passenger services to Ipoh, Kerteh, Kuantan, Malacca, Sandakan and Sibu in Malaysia; Bandung, Batam, Padang and Pekanbaru in Indonesia; and Hat Yai, Hua Hin and Koh Samui in Thailand.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
China Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport Charter (begins 23 January 2024) [13]
Indonesia Banda Aceh Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport
Medan Kualanamu International Airport
Malaysia Alor Setar Sultan Abdul Halim Airport
Johor Bahru Senai International Airport [14] [15] [16]
Kota Bharu Sultan Ismail Petra Airport [17]
Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu International Airport Secondary hub
Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Hub [18]
Kuala Terengganu Sultan Mahmud Airport
Kuching Kuching International Airport Focus city
Langkawi Langkawi International Airport
Miri Miri Airport
Sandakan Sandakan Airport
Penang Penang International Airport Hub
Tawau Tawau Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport [19]
Seletar Airport
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport
Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport [20]


Current fleet

As of May 2023, Firefly operates the following aircraft: [21]

Firefly's current livery on the Boeing 737-800
Firefly Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 9 72
Boeing 737-800 5 3 189 Transferred from Malaysia Airlines.
Total 14 3


Firefly current seat installed on the Boeing 737-800

Firefly ATR-72 cabin seat is equipped with very basic legroom pitch of 30inch. On the Boeing 737-800 firefly has introduced slimline seats of the Safran z110i and comes equipped with USB A and C charging ports.

Former fleet

Former Firefly 9M-FZA Boeing 737-400
Firefly former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 72-500 3 2008 2020
ATR 72-600 8 2013 2016
Boeing 737-400 2 2011 2014
Boeing 737-800 6 2011 2011
Fokker F50 3 2007 2009

Fleet history

Firefly ATR 72-500
Former Firefly Boeing 737-800

A revival of the airline's route was commenced in 2021, now operated via Penang International Airport as its main hub.

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. [22] The aircraft started to arrive from 11 August 2008, [23] with five delivered in 2008, five in 2009, four in 2010 and the rest in 2011. [24] 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. [25] 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. [26] [27]

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. [28] 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. [29] Its 2 remaining Boeing 737-400 were instead kept under its charter division until 2014. [30] [31]

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. However with the ongoing contract dispute with the Ministry of transport Malaysia and MASwings on the usage of the new aircraft for RAS subsidies along with the financial turmoil parent company Malaysia Airlines was facing in 2015, subsequent pending deliveries for the ATR72-600 were halted and cancelled. Firefly also retired all 8 of its newly delivered ATR72-600 by 2016 as most of its expansion plans were put on hold. [32]

In October 2020, the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) announced that the airline would recommence its jet operations in the first quarter of 2021. There will be ten jets in the fleet. [33] [34]

In April 2022, airline received its first Boeing 737-800 and has setup Penang and Kota Kinabalu to be their hub of operation for the aircraft fleet.


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