FireFly is a Malaysia-based budget airline founded in 2007. The airline is a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines and was created to serve the budget airline market in the region. Initially, FireFly operated turboprop aircraft and had a limited route network. The airline has since grown to become one of the leading budget airlines in Southeast Asia and operates over 40 aircraft.
The airline began operations in 2007 with a fleet of two turboprop ATR 72-500s. The inaugural flight was from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur to Penang. By 2009, the airline had expanded its fleet to four aircraft and had expanded its route network to include destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
In 2010, FireFly made history when it became the first airline to operate turboprop aircraft out of Singapore’s Changi Airport. This was a major milestone for the airline as it allowed them to reach more destinations and increased their exposure in the region.
In 2012, FireFly took delivery of its first jet aircraft, an Airbus A320-200. This marked another important milestone for the airline as it allowed them to expand their network and offer competitive fares on long-haul routes.
In 2013, FireFly became the first budget airline to operate out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. This was a major coup for the airline as it gave them access to a larger and more diverse market.
In 2015, FireFly launched its first international routes to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. This was another important milestone for the airline as it gave them the opportunity to compete with larger carriers in the region.
In 2017, FireFly experienced a major setback when one of their aircraft, an ATR 72-500, crashed in Langkawi, Malaysia. The aircraft crashed into the sea while attempting to land in bad weather. All passengers and crew on board were sadly killed in the crash.
In 2019, FireFly began operating flights to India. This was a major milestone for the airline and marked the first time an airline in the region had operated flights to the country.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 40 aircraft, including turboprop ATR 72-500s and Airbus A320-200s. FireFly has become one of the leading budget airlines in Southeast Asia and continues to expand its route network and offer competitive fares to its passengers.