The Penang-Krabi route has just witnessed a simultaneous launching of operations two weeks ago by two different airlines: Firelfy and Malindo Air.
Last September 11, Firefly launched its three-times weekly service between Penang in Malaysia and Krabi in Thailand. The flights are operated every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday using an ATR 72-600 turboprop that can seat up to 68 passengers.
Krabi is a town located in the western seaboard of southern Thailand. The town is the capital of Krabi Province, which lies at the shore of Andaman Sea. The capital is a gateway to the Krabi province which is blessed with beautiful natural attractions including lush valleys and mountains, pristine beaches, and islands. It is home to many national parks and protected areas including dive sites and marine sanctuaries.
On September 15, the airline launched another new route between Johor Bahru and Ipoh. The direct service is a four-times weekly frequency and will be operated with ATR 72-600 turboprop as well.
Firefly was established in 2007 as a full-service subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. It commenced operations in the same year with its inaugural flight between Penang and Kota Bharu on April 3.
To date, it flies to 19 destinations, 10 of which are domestic and 9 are international, mostly in the Southeast Asian countries. It currently operates a fleet of 16 aircraft all of which are ATR 72 turboprops. It has a single Boeing B737 jetliner for its charter service operation.