A GLANCE AT IGNATIUS ONG, CEO OF FIREFLY AIRLINES

The Peak gets familiar with our January 2017 cover man, Ignatius Ong.

Ignatius Ong, CEO of Firefly Airlines

 Image courtesy of Shutterstock

HOROSCOPE

TIGER

FAMILY

Married to Alice Tan and father to twin girls, Hailey and Jazlyn.

“I am forever grateful to my wife for giving up her successful career as head of marketing for a huge MNC to be with me during my posting to Sydney. We both agree that a marriage needs both parties by each other’s side and it was a sacrifice she made with an open heart.”- Ignatius Ong.

 

UNIVERSITY LIFE

“University was a fun time. I worked hard and played harder. I remember getting to watch Sheffield Wednesday play, doing touristy things like going to the London Dungeon with friends and even travelled to Benidorm, Spain, where I was initially shocked to find the streets lined with English pubs selling beer and beans on toast. It certainly wasn’t Madrid, I can tell you. I also learnt how to cook and my star dish was Coca-Cola chicken. After the final exams, I also decided to tour Europe. It was supposed to be a grand visit to 14 countries, but all I can tell you is that we bypassed quite a few countries on the bus!”

 

 

WORK TOOLS

I’m not a techie and I can function with just my laptop and Xiaomi phone.

 

INTERESTS

“Having cold beers with friends and I love cars- driving them, reading about them. But since the children came along, it’s hard to find spare time but I used to love following Formula 1 and playing badminton. In fact, I was once the singles champion in MAS’s Sports Club.”

 

FAVOURITE AIRCRAFT

“The DHC-6 Twin Otter Viking. I took a Maswings flight once from Miri to Bario and, I can tell you, these guys do real flying. Sure, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 are beautiful but it’s about comfort. This small non-pressurised, 19-seater aircraft with no air-conditioning channels the spirit of real airmanship.”

 

                                                   DHC-6 Twin Otter Viking. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)

 

TRAVEL WISH LIST

“There are still many places I haven’t been to. On top of my list are Africa and South America, as well as obscure parts of the United States, like Alaska.”

Check out Ignatius Ong working his magic for The Peak’s January 2017 cover:

 

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