Firefly is a regional Malaysian airline mainly concentrating on domestic flights within Peninsular Malaysia, with some international flights to Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Before the expansion of Seletar Airport was completed, Firefly operated flights into Singapore’s Changi Airport, making it the only turboprop operator there. I hopped on to one of these flights in 2013 to experience flying the ATR 72-500 into Singapore Changi Airport.
Heading to departures after checking in at Subang Skypark.
There was only one food and beverage outlet, Coffee by Austin Chase, straddled between the domestic and international departure halls. Quite a smart design for periods of low demand on either side.
There are 2 gates for the international departure hall, of which they are just for walking out to the apron and not actual gates where planes park in front of.
The international and domestic departure hall is separated by a glass window border.
The overview of the international departure hall.
Boarding my Firefly FY3521 from Gate 2.
Walking out to the apron full of parked Firefly planes.
My aircraft is parked behind the front row.
9M-FYG will be flying me from Subang Skypark to Singapore.
Pushing back from the apron.
Taking off from Subang Skypark.
Flying over Subang.
After the seat belt signs were switched off, a snack of a MIni Apple Pie and syrup drink was served.
Flying by Tuas.
The Singapore skyline as seen from the ATR 72.
Descending into Changi Airport by East Coast.
Flying past Changi Depot.
Arrived at Singapore Changi Airport on the ATR 72.
Crossing over South Cross.
Turboprops can only park at remote stands ever since the closure of the aerobridge-less Budget Terminal.
Heading to Terminal 2 by apron bus.
Only 1 apron bus was needed to ferry passengers from the turboprop.
Overall, a slower but pleasant flight from Subang to Singapore flying at a lower than usual altitude and a nice experience flying a small turboprop into a huge airport.