The start of Firefly operations out of its new hub in Johor Bharu heralded another milestone in the partnership between MASkargo and Firefly, as well as MASkargo and Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn. Bhd. (SATS), as MASkargo has been given the go-ahead to market cargo space on Firefly flights originating from the airport.

To mark the occasion in conjunction with the launch of the inaugural flight, a ceremony was held yesterday in Sultan Ismail International Airport, Johor Bharu, attended by MASkargo’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Government Affairs, Mohd Yunus Idris, as well as the Managing Director of Firefly, Dato’ Eddy Leong and Shahrull Allam Shah Abdul Halim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Senai Airport Sdn Bhd.

The twice daily flights to both Kuching and Kota Kinabalu is operated using the Boeing 737-400 aircraft, offering a cargo capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes maximum per flight. This is in addition to belly cargo space offered on Malaysia Airlines passenger flights, as well as cargo space on MASkargo’s freighter fleet.

According to Mohd Yunus, the introduction of this service could not have come at a better time, as the Southern region is undergoing an onset of investments in the Iskandar Economic Region, allowing businesses the opportunity to meet demands quickly and efficiently.

Firefly continual expansion will also strengthen MASkargo’s network feed by becoming a feeder line as MASkargo continues to expand in the intra-Asian market with the arrival of its new fleet of Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft.

The introduction of the new flights to East Malaysia from Johor Bharu will reinforce the relationship between MASkargo and Firefly, as well as further cementing the ties between MASkargo and Senai Airport Terminal Services in the long run.