Firefly negotiates for more ATRs
Firefly managing director Eddy Leong stated the carrier is negotiating for additional ATR 72-500s to be delivered gradually until 2015 to support its expansion into more secondary routes to continuously strengthen its network (Bernama/The Star Online/ANN, 16-Apr-2011). The carrier confirmed it would receive one ATR 72-500 in Oct-2011 and another in Nov-2011 bringing its fleet size to 12. The aircraft will begin service one month after delivery, upon thorough pre-service checks. The two additional aircraft will be used to strengthen Firefly’s current network footprint through increased frequency for high demand sectors such as to Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru and Singapore from Subang. The airline expects to receive four new aircraft by the end of the year. The carrier operates to 10 domestic and seven regional destinations at present with its fleet of ATRs, with a total of 324 weekly services.