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Flying from Kota Kinabalu to KL on Firefly Airlines

After a great 3 days 2 nights (wish it was longer!) in Kota Kinabalu, it was time to say good-bye to the land of seafood, island and nature! Thanks to Firefly Airlines RM9 all-inclusive flight tickets I was able to experience the tourism side of Kota Kinabalu with my wife and family at an affordable price. In this final post of my Kota Kinabalu holiday series, I’ll share my experience flying back to KL with Firefly on their 3rd day of operations in Kota Kinabalu.

If you’ve missed my other posts on Kota Kinabalu, click on the links below:

A) Firefly flight from KL To KK {click here to read}
B) Jambatan Tamparuli, Pekan Nabalu, Kinabalu Park & Kundasang {click here to read}
C) Manukan and Mamutik Islands { click here to read}
D) Kota Kinabalu Seafood Galore { click here to read}
E) Shop till you Drop @ Kota Kinabalu { click here to read}
F) Flying home from KK with Firefly { click here to read}

Arriving 2.5 hours before our scheduled flight time, the check-in counters were still closed. Thankfully Terminal 1 of Kota Kinabalu Airport is a modern facility with a very calm and friendly ambience, something that we appreciated after a long day of touring.

About 90-minutes before the flight, the queue started at Firefly’s dedicated check-in counters in island C.

Two of us had taken the premium package which includes 20kg of checked-baggage allowance. It was a right choice as in addition to our individual luggage we had 2 boxes of dried and frozen seafood!

The frozen lobster and prawns purchased at the airport seafood store.

Check-in was rather slow and as I was about to blame it on the staff, I actually find out it was due to the passengers being not familiar with the baggage allowance policies. I guess that’s normal for a new airline operating out of a new destination.

Eventually it was our turn.

We were done within 5 minutes. All the seat allocations were as per the online booking and no excess luggage. Perfect!

FY527 assigned to gate A3

Comfy waiting area.

My boarding pass. Seat 1A!

The Boeing 737-800, on its third day of commercial operation for Firefly, arrived on-time from KL.

Firefly logo on a jet plane 🙂 a pleasant sight.

The customary queuing!

The flight left on-time and after a rather bumpy climb, it was smooth sailing all the way to KL.

Meals were served 20-minutes after take-off. I had Nasi Briyani. So-so this time or maybe I was spoilt by the good seafood I had for 3 straight days in KK.

This meal cart still carries XL Airline logo, the previous operator of the Boeing 737-800.

Being on the front row has its advantages and disadvantages. Ample leg-room and the seat pocket are the plus points.

..but then it’s close to the toilet!

Passengers tend to just queue outside the toilet making the passengers on the front row rather uncomfortable. Can’t you just look at the signs whether the toilets are occupied or not?

Another annoying thins is that when the cabin lights were dimmed off, the cabin crew and passengers who walk between the seats to the galley will slide the curtain and it feels like a spotlight pointing straight to our faces!

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We arrived in KLIA 3 minutes after the scheduled time. Safely parked next to the big brother.

Another advantage being up-front is the ability to be the first to leave the plane.

My frozen lobsters were the first item on the conveyor belt.

All thanks to the priority tag!

Firefly Airlines, despite being a community and low-cost airline, has the elements of a full service carrier. Both of the flights that i took to and from KK were 80% full and inflight F&B and merchandise sales were quite good. I look forward to more flights with Firefly in the future!

With this post, it is the end of my Kota Kinabalu series. Coming up next is my another travel and adventure series covering Kuching!


  1. yudasmoro January 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Hi, great post. Greetings from Indonesia 🙂

  2. awekretro August 1, 2013 at 11:43 am



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