The aircraft is the first of 20 firm ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners ordered by Malaysia Airlines for Firefly in December 2012, MAS also taking options on 16 more for its other regional-airline subsidiary MASwings.

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Malaysia Airlines has signed a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s and optioned 16 additional aircraft, in a deal which ATR values at more than US$840 million if the carrier firms up all its options.

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The operator of Singapore’s Changi International Airport will close the airport’s Budget Terminal on September 25 and then demolish it, just six years after the terminal opened. In its place a larger passenger terminal will be built to allow air traffic at the airport to continue to grow in the longer term.

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