KUCHING: Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) community airline, has apparently begun cancelling some of its flights to and from Sarawak since yesterday.
This is ahead of Firefly’s rumoured pullout from the state by end of October.
The Star learnt that at least one Kuching-Kuala Lumpur flight was cancelled late last night, with passengers put onboard a MAS flight instead. The unannounced move has left more than a few ticket holders unhappy.
“My Kuching-KL flight yesterday evening was cancelled after I booked it online just a few days earlier,” said Ng CH in an e-mail.
During Firefly’s peak around mid-year, the airline was flying multiple daily flights between Kuching-KL, Kuching-Johor and Sibu-KL. It had a reported load factor of 70%.
But Firefly is now all but certain to cease flights from Sarawak and Sabah to Peninsular Malaysia by the end of October. On Malaysia Day on Sept 16, the Kuching-Johor sector became the first Firefly route to be axed.
According to the MAS official, it was very likely all three Firefly routes involving Sarawak would be terminated by Oct 31.
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A group of 40 government servants and their families from Johor Bahru were disappointed that their flight to Kota Kinabalu was cancelled. They have booked tickets for 40 pax since March 2011 costing RM7000.
They were told the “Government had stopped Firefly” as if Firefly no longer exists. Firefly offers to refund their money back but the group of 40 refused as they want Firefly to be responsible by offering seats on other airlines. This is because their 30th September trip was planned earlier on and they have paid deposit of RM13,000 for hotel and accomodation.
Firefly must be responsible and answerable to such predicament. If you are affected or know anyone who has booked a Firefly B737 ticket, please support and share this group.
So far we have heard confirmed that Firefly has stopped its Johor Bahru to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu routes. Knowing that Firefly confirms that they are stopping B737 flights, here is the list of Boeing 737 flights that risks cancellation.
The news about Firefly cancelling B737 wasn’t a sudden one. Back in August 16, it was reported by the Sun Daily that Firefly will stop flying jets and will focus on being a full service turbo-prop airline.
However, a new full-service regional airline will be set up and will take over the existing Boeing jets of Firefly.
Firefly managing director Datuk Eddy Leong said the new executive committee (exco) of the national carrier has decided to retain Firefly’s brand and strengthen its presence in the regional services.
“However, Firefly will stop flying the jets (such as its Boeing 737-800s and 737-400).
“Our resources will be used to start a new full-service regional airline named Sapphire,” he told SunBiz yesterday.
If Firefly has made a decision to stop, why didn’t inform passengers before talking to the press? Which is more important now? Your paying customers or the press?
Yes, it is exciting to see that they are dropping low-cost operations for a full fledged airline called Sapphire but Firefly owes its customers explaination.
We all know if Firefly drops low cost passengers on Firefly jets, they will make more money per seat when they launch Sapphire which is a full-service airline. From business point of view, it is a smart move to drop low fare paying passengers and resell the seat a full service price. But from a community and responsibility stand point, is this fair?
Please support the group Demanding Firefly to treat its passengers better.
How does it feel like being informed that your flight is cancelled? Pity those with connecting flight to catch.
If you know anyone that’s travelling on FireFly, please call their hotline at 03-78454543 and SHARE this Facebook Page.
FireFly – Your Community Airline is something most customers would look up to. Being a community airline means they are different from other airlines that tries hard at cutting corners without looking into your personal needs and attention.
Guess what? FireFly Facebook page has started deleting facebook comments and even resorts to deleting users that question on their flight cancellation. If you know social networking, FireFly action of deleting or banning users is considered cardinal sin.