Firefly plans hourly shuttle flight from April next year

Travel News May 29th, 2009

SUBANG: FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd plans to provide a shuttle flight service every other hour to destinations such as Penang and Singapore from next Apri l when it will have 10 aircraft in operation, s aid managing director Eddy Leong.

“Very soon you will find that we will have every-other-hour departure shuttle flights from Subang to Pen ang, Subang to Singapore and Subang to Kota Baru,” he said.

He added that the eventual frequency could be up to eight flights a day for each destination.

The budget carrier, a unit of Malaysia Airlines, will take in another aircraft ne xt month for a total of seven aircraft this year.

“Due to the current economic condition, we have decided to delay three aircraft to next year,” Leong said, adding that initially it was supposed to have 10 aircraft this year.

“I think we have made the right decision, looking at the gross domestic product numbers that were released on Wednesday,” he said at a briefing on Firefly’s latest international routes to Singapore.

“But after taking in more aircraft, we will increase flight frequen cies, thus adding more convenience for passengers. ”

Firefly’s Singapore service will debut on July 1 with its first flight taking off from SkyPark Subang Terminal at 7:50am, and arriving at the Changi Budget Terminal in Singapore at 9:05am.

Leong said the four daily flights on the Subang-Singapore route was very much targeted at the business community.

This will be followed by Firefly’s other new Singapore routes, which will begin in stages in July, from Ipoh-Singapore (four times weekly), Kuala Terengganu-Singapore (three times weekly), Kuantan-Singapore (four times weekly) and Malacca-Singapore (three times weekly).

“With the number of aircraft we have now, we estimate that Firefly can fly in 150,000 passengers from Singapore in a year,” Leong said.

Firefly expects the load factor to be more than 70% for its new routes to Singapore. However, the budget airline did not make a pro jection on sales.

Firefly had obtained approvals to have three more routes to Singapore–Kota Baru-Singapore, Kerteh-Singapore and Alor Star-Singapore – with the flights expected to commence by year-end, Leong said.

Tune offers RM0.02 room rates

Travel Info May 12th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – Tune, the limited service hotel brand is offering room rates from as low as RM0.02 per night in its hotels in Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur and the KLIA-LCCT Airport beginning today.

“The promotion was initiated to extend appreciation to guests for supporting the Tune brand since it was first launched in Kuala Lumpur two years ago,” said chief executive officer Mark Lankester in a statement.

The promotional rates for rooms from RM0.02 per night are available for stays between February 1 to April 30, 2010 and the booking period is from May 11 to 18, 2009.

“We provide exceptionally good value choices to smart travellers in that they choose exactly what additional services they require during a stay and pay-per-use according to their budget,” he said.

Despite the gloomy economic outlook, the hotel has not slowed down its regional expansion plans as well.

The first two regional properties in Kuta and Legian, Bali, under the Tune brand will be opening in the fourth quarter this year with 139 and 170 rooms respectively. For the domestic market, upcoming locations include Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Miri and Sandakan.

“More hotels will follow regionally as we expand via franchising and joint-venture partnerships in Indonesia, Thailand, India and China,” said Lankester.

Tune is a growing chain of hotels that have embraced the limited service model used by low cost airlines and employ a self-service online booking system encouraging guests to book early to enjoy exceptionally low prices. – Bernama