MALAYSIA: MASkargo expands through Firefly network

MASkargo is now looking to reach deeper into East Malaysia following an agreement to manage and market cargo space for Firefly – the fully owned regional subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines – out of KLIA to East Malaysia. Speaking in Kota Kinabalu, Shahari Sulaiman, MASkargo managing director said, “the expansion of Firefly will help in the […]


MASkargo is now looking to reach deeper into East Malaysia following an agreement to manage and market cargo space for Firefly – the fully owned regional subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines – out of KLIA to East Malaysia. Speaking in Kota Kinabalu, Shahari Sulaiman, MASkargo managing director said, “the expansion of Firefly will help in the development of Kota Kinabalu as an international hub by allowing MASkargo to build its strength in East Malaysia. Cargo shippers from countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea and Japan would also benefit from the direct connectivity at the second hub due to Kota Kinabalu’s strategic location”.

Firefly’s inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu on 15 January saw close to two tonnes of general cargo onboard FY502. Each flight is given an allocation of three tonnes each, in addition to cargo space on Malaysia Airlines flights, as well as MASkargo’s freighters. “The added capacity will also allow more trade between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia as both Sabah and Sarawak are blessed with an abundance of natural resources such as seafood that are in demand throughout the world. Hence the additional cargo capacity would allow for the increase of fresh seafood to be shipped to the Peninsular, allowing those who are involved in this industry to expand their business and prosper,” MASkargo said. Shahari continued “the successful introduction of Firefly’s flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu bodes well for MASkargo as the additional cargo capacity will contribute to the economic well-being of both Sabah and Sarawak.”