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MASwings and Firefly take Delivery of New ATR 72-500s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 1 September 2008

Malaysia Airlines subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly, and ATR, has taken delivery of the first ATR 72-500s of MASwings and the second ATR 72-500 of Firefly.

Firefly took delivery earlier in August of its first ATR aircraft, which made its inaugural flight on August 19th. The MASwings and Firefly aircraft are the first ATRs to operate in Malaysia.

Commenting on the delivery, Datuk Michael Manyin, Urban Development & Tourism Minister of Sarawak said, The ATR aircraft will become a main player in the development of the tourism and the business activities in our country, while allowing both MASwings and Firefly to achieve the lowest operating costs in short-haul routes.

Mr. Eddy Leong, Managing Director of Firefly, added, With our brand new ATR 72-500s we will start replacing our Fokker 50 fleet and providing our passengers with the most advanced technology and the most trendy and comfortable passenger environment in the market. Our new fleet of ATRs will allow us to face the growth of our regional operations and to optimize costs with aircraft featuring unrivalled performance in short-haul routes.

Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 958 aircraft (419 ATR 42s and 539 ATR 72s) and has delivered 788 (401 ATR 42s and 387 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 170 aircraft.

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