In announcing the new airline at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition, the Malaysian government also revealed the new carrier had signed an LOI with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for up to 40 CS100s.

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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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The carrier has unanimously been elected a oneworld member-designate by the chief executives of the alliance’s member airlines at a meeting on the sidelines of IATA’s 2011 World Air Transport Summit, which opens in Singapore on June 6.

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Hotel Properties Limited has opened the Hard Rock Hotel Penang and Hard Rock Cafe Penang, located in the Asian island destination of Penang, Malaysia.

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