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Firefly freezes capacity growth as demand slows


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#1 JuliusWong

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 01:12 PM

Firefly (FY, Penang) has deferred deliveries of up to two ATR72-600s due this year as part of its cost-cutting and operational consolidation programme.
 
Airline chief executive Ignatius Ong told the Malaysian Review magazine this week that talks with Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) about the deferral have already taken place with the deliveries of "one or two" aircraft, due this year, to be affected. Of its order for twenty ATR72-600s, Firefly has added just one to its fleet this year in the form of 9M-FIH (cn 1285) which arrived in April. 
 
According to the ch-aviation fleets database, Firefly's fleet currently stands at eight ATR72-600s and twelve ATR72-500s.
 
“We will not be taking new aircraft this year, as we are on a consolidation mode," he said adding that the regional operator is also reviewing its route network which currently covers fifteen cities across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.
 
"This is the time to readjust the frequencies and drop unsustainable routes, such as the Kota Bharu-Langkawi flight.” 
 
Firefly has been adversely affected by a decline in local demand which, Ong said, has been brought on by a weaker Ringgit as well as the consumer's more conservative approach to spending.

 

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#2 flee

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 02:13 PM

Malindo is also a fierce competitor.



#3 stvnkhor

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 02:33 PM

Yes.. Malindo always my 1st priority from Penang to Subang...

#4 KK Lee

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 02:53 PM

From hearsay, fy cash flow is below budgeted and may reduce it's fleet size.

Edited by KK Lee, 06 August 2016 - 03:03 PM.


#5 kandiah k

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:43 AM

What other routes are unprofitable?

#6 Yang Zulhilmi

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 08:14 PM

And now firefly is codesharing with all MH destinations (except TPE)

Malaysian carrier Firefly on Thursday (18AUG16) has launched codeshare partnership with parent Malaysia Airlines, as FY code is being placed on nearly all Malaysia Airlines mainline service, domestic and international.

Currently based on GDS schedule listing, FY code is appearing on 58 routes operated by Malaysia Airlines, listed below. International routes marked with * represents reservation is available on fireflys website, and not require onward connection to/from another firefly operating flights.


firefly operated by Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu Kuching
Kota Kinabalu Perth
Kota Kinabalu Sandakan
Kota Kinabalu Shanghai Pu Dong
Kota Kinabalu Tawau
Kota Kinabalu Tokyo Narita
Kuala Lumpur Adelaide
Kuala Lumpur Alor Setar
Kuala Lumpur Auckland *
Kuala Lumpur Bandar Seri Begawan *
Kuala Lumpur Bangalore
Kuala Lumpur Bangkok *
Kuala Lumpur Beijing
Kuala Lumpur Bintulu
Kuala Lumpur Chennai
Kuala Lumpur Colombo
Kuala Lumpur Darwin
Kuala Lumpur Delhi
Kuala Lumpur Denpasar *
Kuala Lumpur Dhaka
Kuala Lumpur Guangzhou
Kuala Lumpur Hanoi *
Kuala Lumpur Ho Chi Minh City *
Kuala Lumpur Hong Kong *
Kuala Lumpur Hyderabad
Kuala Lumpur Jakarta *
Kuala Lumpur Jeddah
Kuala Lumpur Johor Bahru
Kuala Lumpur Kathmandu
Kuala Lumpur Kota Bharu
Kuala Lumpur Kota Kinabalu
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Terengganu
Kuala Lumpur Kuantan
Kuala Lumpur Kuching
Kuala Lumpur Labuan
Kuala Lumpur Langkawi
Kuala Lumpur London Heathrow *
Kuala Lumpur Manila *
Kuala Lumpur Medan Kuala Namu *
Kuala Lumpur Melbourne
Kuala Lumpur Miri
Kuala Lumpur Mumbai
Kuala Lumpur Osaka Kansai
Kuala Lumpur Penang
Kuala Lumpur Perth
Kuala Lumpur Phnom Penh
Kuala Lumpur Phuket
Kuala Lumpur Sandakan
Kuala Lumpur Seoul Incheon
Kuala Lumpur Shanghai Pu Dong
Kuala Lumpur Sibu
Kuala Lumpur Siem Reap
Kuala Lumpur Singapore *
Kuala Lumpur Sydney
Kuala Lumpur Tawau
Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Narita
Kuala Lumpur Xiamen
Kuala Lumpur Yangon

Malaysia Airlines operates at KLIA in Kuala Lumpur. The only international service not carrying FY code is Taipei (from both KLIA and Kota Kinabalu).

http://www.routesonl...-from-aug-2016/

#7 Mushrif A

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 11:12 PM

What is the underlying reason to have FY codeshares on almost all these flights? If tactical, what?

#8 flee

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 11:16 PM

What is the underlying reason to have FY codeshares on almost all these flights? If tactical, what?

Are these the first steps to Firefly jet v2.0?

 

When that start operations, their flights may also be carrying MH codes.



#9 Alif A. F.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 08:27 PM

Very odd of FY for placing codeshares on KK based routes, when the airline doesn't even fly to east Malaysia anymore.

#10 kandiah k

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 04:42 PM

Does anyone know how is FY doing in KUA? They have cancelled their SZB -KUA-SZB route and so has OD. KUA is relatively near to KUL, how would it be if there were ATR operated flights between KUL and KUA?

#11 KK Lee

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 05:56 PM

Does anyone know how is FY doing in KUA? They have cancelled their SZB -KUA-SZB route and so has OD. KUA is relatively near to KUL, how would it be if there were ATR operated flights between KUL and KUA?

 

KUL-KUA is only feasible if meant to connect to onward journey from KUL.



#12 Rozhan

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Posted 03 September 2016 - 12:14 PM

AK tried KUL-KUA. I was on the inaugural. No fanfare...I guess they didn't think it would last long. And it didn't.

#13 Mike P

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 03:33 PM

http://www.themalaym...ced-in-the-aisl

 

only 2 passengers on FY from Krabi to Penang! Haha! Enjoyable though only ATR.



#14 Mushrif A

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 05:49 PM

Twice I was the only pax on an FY flight. Even had kerbside meet-and-greet as they were early and ready to go - just waiting for me.

Another time, I was one of two pax on a CX 773. It was deserted as days earlier pilots had gone on strike and many CX flights were cancelled. This was one of the first to leave the base. Felt like a ghost flight with so many rows of empty seats.

And there are other anecdotes of almost empty flights during the SARS period years ago.

Anyway, much ado about nothing really. The outbound PEN-KBV flight probably had many more than two pax and the plane had to return to base anyway. Must be a slow news day.

#15 KK Lee

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 04:53 PM

Hearsay; FY has returned six of ATR-72 to lessor under notice.



#16 JuliusWong

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:23 PM

Hearsay; FY has returned six of ATR-72 to lessor under notice.

Saw a post today at facebook. Today, FY removed its final ATR72-600 from service. All eight ATR72-600 (9M-FIA till 9M-FIH) were withdrawn, MASWings removed all theirs (9M-MYA till 9M-MYD) back in Feb 2016. MYD went to FY for a period of time and was withdrawn too.


Edited by JuliusWong, 01 November 2016 - 03:25 PM.


#17 jani

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 04:00 PM

So now FY only has fleet of 12 500's?



#18 JuliusWong

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 04:37 PM

So now FY only has fleet of 12 500's?

Affirmative.



#19 Lim Kar Yong

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 05:14 PM

Any reasons why the 600 series are returned? I thought they are newer planes?



#20 JuliusWong

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 05:30 PM

Any reasons why the 600 series are returned? I thought they are newer planes?

ATR 72-600 operation cost is much higher than ATR 72-500, the overall benefit gained by operating 600 vs 500 is negligible, except -600 can fly higher, but -500 can fly further. 

 

This is a good link to do comparison between both: http://planes.axlege...0-vs-ATR-72-600






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