MASKargo takes off with Firefly
Firefly, the regional subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System, has contracted with MASKargo to sell its cargo capacity between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia.
This is the first time in 39 years that MASkargo will market space for another airline. The three-tonnes-per-flight availability is in addition to the national carrier's passenger and cargo flights to the region.
Based at Kuala Lumpur, Firefly will operate three times daily to Kota Kinabalu and four times daily to Kuching from January 24.
Kota Kinabalu, the second busiest airport in Malaysia, handled 25,079 tonnes in 2009, with 47 percent managed by MASkargo. Kuching, MASkargo’s largest station in East Malaysia, handled 20,830 tonnes of cargo in the same year, with 62 percent handled by the national carrier.
Firefly managing director Eddy Leong is reportedly "upbeat" about the company's expansion this year: “The general consensus is that Asia-Pacific will lead growth, with the United States and Europe lagging behind due to unsettling economic issues."