FIREFLY SPEARHEADS RESCUE AND RELIEF EFFORTS TO PROVIDE AID TO EAST COAST FLOOD VICTIMS
Firefly Airlines is spearheading the effort to provide rescue and relief flights to and from Kota Bharu, Kelantan and Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu as part of its contribution to channeling emergency assistance to those affected by the floods in the east coast of Malaysia.
Immediately, all available seats and cargo space aboard Firefly flights to and from these two airports will be donated and used for the cause.
"We call on everyone, be it government bodies, NGOs or private groups and organizations and the general public, to get in touch with the Firefly collection centers to find out how you can make use of this service.
"With the number of evacuees exceeding 100,000 people and counting, I cannot stress how important it is for all of us to set aside our differences, come together and unite to help our fellow Malaysians in their time of need.
"It is Firefly's duty to serve the nation and we would like make the process simple, efficient and convenient," said Ignatius Ong, Chief Executive Officer.
Three collection centers have been set up and ready to receive donations in the form of goods such as blankets, sarongs, diapers, infant milk, biscuits, coffee and dry food. These are:
Firefly Biz Lounge, First Floor, Skypark Subang Terminal, Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, 47200 Subang, Selangor. Tel: 03-7846 3684
Firefly Airport Ticketing Center Kota Bharu, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, 16100 Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Firefly Airport Ticketing Center Penang, Penang International Airport, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Firefly is also collaborating with IMAM Response and Relief Team (IMARET), which is a team powered by the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) to sponsor flights for medical volunteers and cargo space for emergency and medical supplies.
"IMARET is grateful for the swift response by Firefly to our call for assistance. Today, we have sent three medical officers - two to Kota Bharu and one to Kuala Terengganu, along with 200 kilograms of emergency and medical supplies. As more volunteers and donation are pouring in, we will rely heavily on Firefly's network to ensure aid reaches the victims in a timely manner," said IMAM's president, Professor Dato’ Dr Abd. Rahim Mohamad.
If you are participating in relief efforts, or if you and/or your families are affected by the floods, please contact us at Tel: 03-89263034.
Volunteers, especially those with medical and first aid experience, are welcomed," he added.
IMARET is conducting a goods and cash donation drive on 27-28 December, 10am - 9pm at Golden Valley/Harley's Market, 1, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Firefly’s collection centers are open daily from 9am to 5pm. Space permitting, all cargo will be despatched immediately to the affected areas or on the next available flight.
Firefly flies to Kota Bharu a minimum of 10 times daily, and 5 times daily to Kuala Terengganu. An extra flight to Kota Bharu is scheduled on Saturday 27 December 2014 and Sunday 28 December 2014 respectively.
For more updates, visit www.fireflyz.com.my or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/Firefly), Twitter (twitter.com/flyfirefly), and Instagram (@FlyFirefly).
You can also follow IMARET at facebook.com/imamalaysia.
Background on Firefly
Firefly, a premium short-haul airline, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. It began its operations in April 2007. Currently, it operates a fleet of 12 ATR 72-500 and 4 ATR 72-600 turboprop out of Penang and Subang, connecting secondary destinations within the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle as well as providing air linkages between Malaysia and Singapore.
Firefly provides incredible value as well as convenient flight timings and excellent service to its passengers. Passengers are allowed 20kg check-in baggage allowance, automated and self check-in facility, complimentary in-flight refreshment, assigned seating and convenient city airports.
Firefly had also received numerous awards and recognition. The most recent was on April 24, 2012 when Firefly was accorded Putra Most Promising Brand of the Year by Putra Brand Awards.
Five months prior to this, on November 15, 2011, Firefly was conferred “Superbrand” status. Other awards received include the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Value Airline of the Year award and the Green Initiative of the Year 2010 award by Leaders in Aviation in conjunction with the Doha Aviation Summit. Firefly is also recognised as the Best Brand in Aviation for the Brand Laureate.