Over the weekend, I made a short trip up to neighbouring Kuala Lumpur, flying on a mix of turboprop and jet. The flight up was booked on Firefly, and it would also probably by my last turboprop flight out from Changi as Firefly (and all future turboprop operations) would be shifted to Singapore's Seletar airport by the end of the year.
Checking in at Terminal 2 and proper coloured boarding pass was issued. The flight is code-shared with Malaysia Airlines.
After immigration, we headed to the The Green Market, where Priority Pass holders are eligible for a selection of set meals. I had a salmon set and the portion was rather generous!
Departure gate at F53, which is a bus gate.
06 July 2018 Firefly FY 3012 Singapore (SIN) - Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB) ATR72-500 9M-FYA Economy Class Flight Time: 1H06M
Boarding was announced and all passengers on the flight were herded onto a bus to bring us to the aircraft parked at the remote bay. While on the bus ride, we spotted a rare visitor to Changi, a MH A380! Apparently, MH had a shortage of B737 pilots, and hence combined 2 of their flights into a whalejet flight on the very short SIN-KUL route. The dugong was operating as MH616 on the day and had a delayed departure.
Reached our very tiny ATR72 (in comparison to the A380) and boarded the aircraft via the rear stairs.
Legroom was tight but sufficient for the short hops operated by the ATR.
View out the window.
Inflight magazine and Firefly's network map.
Boarding was swiftly completed and safety demo was carried out. As expected for a Friday evening departure, it was an almost totally full flight.
We had a very fast taxi to Rwy20C, and departed for Subang. Had clear views of the airport during the climb.
Inflight service started shortly after departure. Firefly continues to offer complimentary refreshments on its flights and this evening, we were offered a choice of curry puff or peanuts (or both). For drinks, there was a choice of mango juice or soya bean milk. Service was generally friendly and efficient.
After the trash was cleared, lights were dimmed for passengers to rest, and after almost an hour of flying (the ATRs are definitely much slower than the jets), we started the descent into Subang.
Landing into Subang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Rwy15 right on schedule.
Taxi to the terminal.
A look at the seats during disembarking.
Malindo's ATR72 at Subang. Malindo is strongly rumoured to start ATR72 operations to Singapore's Seletar Airport once the new terminal building at Seletar is in operation. Gonna pose strong competition for Firefly, which enjoyed a monopoly on the SIN-SZB route till now.
Our aircraft already being cleaned during disembarkation, and other Firefly ATR72s on the tarmac.
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On this trip, I stayed at Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur, right smack in the action in Bukit Bintang.
For brunch the next day, we proceeded to the must-go haunt at ICC Pudu for a hearty morning feast.
A simple dinner at Kim Gary HK Café at Times Square.
Experiencing my 1st Gold Class cinema experience at Pavilion Mall.
Late supper at the famous Wong Ah Wah eatery, famous for the bbq chicken wings, along Jalan Alor.
And the King of Fruits to end.
A dim sum feast on the last day at Hee Lai Ton Restaurant at Shaw Parade.
Singapore - SIN
Subang - SZB
A very convenient and comfortable shuttle flight from Singapore right to almost the central of KL (Subang airport is so much nearer to KL city center than KLIA, being only a 20min ride to town in good traffic). With the move to Singapore's Seletar airport and possible increased competition, it would to be seen if the new XSP-SZB route would see more traffic.
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