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Firefly wants more Indonesian connections
Ellen Chen, Kuala Lumpur, May 23, 2011

MALAYSIA Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Firefly is targeting more destinations in Indonesia, including Medan, Padang and Palembang in Sumatra, and Balikpapan in Kalimantan.


Firefly managing director, Eddy Leong, said: “Indonesia has plenty of prospects and is a huge market for both business and leisure travellers. We will most likely fly to more new destinations in Indonesia under our second phase of expansion, when additional Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft are added to our fleet.”


“Plans include introducing a Johor Bahru-Jakarta route. Bandung and Jakarta are attractive shopping destinations among Singaporeans and Johoreans, and many Indonesian workers in Johor Bahru will also be able to easily fly home.”


The carrier recently launched two new routes from Johor Bahru to Surabaya starting August 14, and from Johor Bahru to Bandung starting August 16. Initial sales figures for Surabaya and Bandung have been “promising”, according to Leong.



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