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For Sale: Malaysia Airlines to sell its Airbus A380s, four Boeing 777-200 ERs and two 747-400Fs

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is planning to downsize its fleet. The financially struggling carrier has put its six Airbus A380s, four Boeing 777-200 ERs and two Maskargo Boeing 747-400F freighters up for sale according to CNN.

The sale of the Airbus A380s will test the Super Jumbo market.

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Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Malaysia Airlines’ Airbus A380-841 9M-MNC (msn 084) taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Malaysia Airlines to drop all service to Frankfurt

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) as part of its reorganization, is dropping the Kuala Lumpur – Frankfurt route on May 29 per Airline Route.

The airline operates the Boeing 777-200 ER on the historic route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRA (msn 28408) completes its final approach to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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What will the new Malaysia Airlines look like? “NewCo” to start on July 1 with only select employees

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is reorganizing and reinventing itself (code named NewCo) under the former CEO of Aer Lingus and now the new CEO Christoph Mueller who will take control of the struggling carrier on May 1. The new Malaysia Airlines will take to the skies on July 1 as an reinvented airline with only specially invited employees. Will this lead to a new name and/or brand? The latter is very likely.

Image Below: Will the Kelantan kite logo survive the makeover? The red and blue kite logo was updated in October 1987 from the previous all red kite logo of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) of 1972. According the airline the slanted updated 1987 logo was to “express grace in motion but also thrust and dynamism”. So far the kite has also been the symbol of rebirth for the airline (see video below).

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Previously on March 20 the board of directors outlined this leadership change and the restructuring effort:

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The Board of Directors of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) announced that Christoph Mueller will assume the post of Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 1, 2015

Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the current Managing Director and Group CEO, will step down from his executive position on April 30, 2015, and be appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board, for a period from May 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Mueller is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board and CEO-designate of the new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (NewCo).

The decision to bring forward the leadership transition was made by the Board at its meeting on March 18, 2015. Subsequently, the Board sought, via a letter dated March 20, 2015, and received approval on the same day from Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the sole shareholder of MAS, for Mueller’s appointment and related matters.

The accelerated leadership transition will enable Mueller to be in a position to lead the overall MAS restructuring effort as it enters one of its most critical phases. It will also provide him with the executive capacity and an appropriate timeframe to prepare NewCo to begin operations. This will have a positive impact on the long-term MAS restructuring effort and provide the best possible chance for a successful turnaround.

Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Chairman of MAS, said: “We are pleased to welcome Christoph and look forward to his leadership, as the new Managing Director and CEO, in driving the effort to rebuild and restore our national icon to its rightful status. We would also like to thank Ahmad Jauhari for his dedication and selfless service to MAS from the first day of his appointment on 19 September 2011. He will remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director to help ensure a smooth transition to NewCo. He has our utmost gratitude and all of us at MAS wish him the very best.”

Christoph Mueller said: “I am honored by the trust placed in me. MAS is not just the national carrier of Malaysia, it is a symbol of national pride, and loyalty and affection towards the airline runs deep among Malaysians. I look forward to working on the restructuring hand-in-hand with our employees, unions, management and the Board to restore the airline’s profitability. All these stakeholders will be asked for their contribution in a very ambitious turnaround plan, but with the continued support of the Malaysian Government, Khazanah, our loyal customers and the travelling public, we will ultimately be successful.”

Following the leadership transition, NewCo will be ready for the migration of MAS’ operations, assets and liabilities on July 1, 2015.

NewCo employees will commence work on September 1, 2015 together with Mueller, who will officially assume the position of NewCo Managing Director and Group CEO on that date.

To affect the employee migration, NewCo will issue employment offer letters to selected MAS employees on June 1, 2015. On the same date, MAS will issue employment termination letters with a three-month notice to all its employees. This variation from the earlier schedule of April 1, 2015 has been approved by Khazanah on March 20, 2015.

The process of identifying the pool of staff that meets NewCo’s requirements is underway, following the completion of a comprehensive talent assessment exercise in February 2015.

Exiting employees will have access to the training and placement services provided by the Corporate Development Centre, which will be operational by the time of the issuance of the termination letters.

Above Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MSG (msn 40149) in the 2010 livery arrives in Bangkok.

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Below photo: Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines has been using the hashtag #KEEPFLYING as its new advertising theme. The theme really has a double meaning for the airline trying to survive and reinvent itself after two tragic Boeing 777 crashes in one year.

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Video: Malaysia Airlines. The airline is attacking its tragic year of 2014 head on and not trying to run away from it:

A look back at 2014, our comeback story:

Malaysian Government issues its interim report on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370

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The government of Malaysia, required by international aviation protocols, issued their preliminary report on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 on its one-year anniversary. The report actually does not really increase the knowledge base. It does however clarify some rumors and issues.

According to CNN, “the report revealed that the battery of the underwater locator beacon on MH 370’s flight data recorder expired more than a year before the plane’s disappearance.

The report, citing maintenance records, said that there was no evidence to suggest the battery was replaced before its expiry in December 2012. While such a battery can operate past its expiry date, it said, “it is not guaranteed that it will work or that it would meet the 30-day minimum requirement.”

The battery on the plane’s other so-called black box, the cockpit voice recorder, was replaced as scheduled and remained within its expiry date, the report said.

Investigators interviewed maintenance staff and found that the computerized replacement schedule had not been updated correctly when the flight data recorder, and its locator beacon were replaced in February 2008.”

The investigators also found no unusual signs for the cockpit crew and cabin crew. The captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, according to the report “didn’t have any personal or financial problems that would cast suspicion on him” according to the CNN report.

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ATSB Peter Foley is confident in finding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, ATSB issues its latest update

Peter Foley of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is confident in solving the biggest aviation mystery of our era. Mr. Foley is in charge of finding the remains of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420) (above) and the 239 souls on board. The search continues in the southern Indian Ocean. The wide body jetliner went missing somewhere in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 while operating flight MH 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. So far no trace of the missing flight has been located.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia this week told Parliament that the search for MH 370 “will go on at this intensity forever”. Clearly the clock is ticking in solving this mystery.

This article by the Sydney Morning Herald interviews Mr. Foley and summaries the current search for MH 370. He believes they are searching in the right area.

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Yesterday (March 5) the ATSB issued this updated Operational Update on the search for MH 370:

At the request of the Malaysian Government, Australia has accepted responsibility for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is leading the underwater search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

This operational report has been developed to provide regular updates on the progress of the search effort for MH 370. Our work will continue to be thorough and methodical, so sometimes weekly progress may seem slow. Please be assured that work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH 370 as quickly as possible.

Key developments this week:

GO Phoenix is currently in the search area conducting underwater search operations.
Fugro Discovery recommenced search operations on February 25.
Fugro Equator recommenced search operations on February 27.
Fugro Supporter departed Fremantle on February 21 and after calibrating her AUV sensors on the test range departed for the search area on February 23. The vessel arrived in the search area on February 28.
More than 26,000 square kilometres (over 40 percent) of the priority zone have now been searched.

MH 370 7th Arc Map (3.2015)(ATSB)(LRW)

Map Above: ATSB. The Seventh Arc. The latest information and analysis confirms that MH 370 will be found in close proximity to the arc set out in the map and labelled as the 7th arc. At the time MH 370 reached this arc, the aircraft is considered to have exhausted its fuel and to have been descending. As a result, the aircraft is unlikely to be more than 20 NM (38 km) to the west or 30 NM (55 km) to the east of the arc.

Based on all the independent analysis of satellite communications and aircraft performance, the total extent of the 7th arc reaches from latitude 20 degrees S to 39 degrees S.

Map Below: ATSB. In addition to locating the aircraft, the underwater search aims to map the MH 370 debris field in order to identify and prioritise the recovery of specific aircraft components, including flight recorders, which will assist with the Malaysian investigation. The ATSB has utilised the data from the bathymetric survey work to prepare the initial plan for the underwater search, to be followed and referred to by all parties involved. The plan includes search timings, methods, procedures, safety precautions and the initial search areas for the various vessels.

ATSB MH 370 Search Area Map (3.2015)(LRW)

There are three classifications for sonar contacts which are identified during the course of the underwater search. Classification 3 is assigned to sonar contacts that are of some interest as they stand out from their surroundings but have low probability of being significant to the search. Classification 2 sonar contacts are of comparatively more interest but are still unlikely to be significant to the search. Classification 1 sonar contacts are of high interest and warrant immediate further investigation.

The underwater search so far has identified over a hundred seabed features that have been classified as category 3. There have been more than 10 features that have been classified as category 2. These objects may be manmade, but expert analysis of the imagery advises that none of them resemble an aircraft debris field. Rather, they have been isolated objects, some of which have the dimensions of shipping containers. To date, no seabed features have been classified as category 1.

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Source Above: ATSB and Phoenix International.

Ship movements:

GO Phoenix will depart the search area around March 6 to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around March 11.

Fugro Equator will depart the search area around March 24 to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around April 1.

Fugro Discovery will depart the search area around March 24 to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around April 1.

Fugro Supporter will depart the search area around April 2 to travel to Fremantle for a scheduled resupply visit. The vessel is expected to arrive in port around April 8.

Crew life on board search vessels

The crew of the vessels engaged in the search for MH 370 are deeply committed to their task. Crew work night and day, for weeks at a time and often in difficult conditions, to launch the search equipment and to monitor and analyse the data collected. In the following interview, Mr Paul Kennedy of Fugro talks about the challenges that the ship and its crew face.

Aboard Fugro Discovery, Paul Kennedy of Fugro describes the ship, her crew, the specialist equipment used, and the trials to test the functionality of the equipment. He also talks about the challenges and conditions that the ship and its crew face.

Mr Kennedy is the project director for the search for MH 370 on behalf of Fugro.

Source: ATSB, video by ABIS Chris Beerens, RAN.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. 9M-MRO lands at Kuala Lumpur before it went missing.

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A new theory of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 by Captain Simon Hardy

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) flight MH 370 remains missing after we approach March 8, the first anniversary of the lost flight. Searchers are already stating the search cannot go on forever. It is possible the remains of the pictured Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420) with 239 passengers and crew members on board may never be found.

According to this report by news.com.au citing a published report by Flightglobal, “British senior Captain Simon Hardy, who works with a major commercial airline, has claimed that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was taken on an emotional “last farewell” near the pilot’s home island of Penang, before being deliberately landed in the ocean.”

Captain Hardy believes Captain Shah made a series of turns over his Penang birthplace as an emotional goodbye before crashing the Triple Seven into the sea with all on board.

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Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Ill-fated Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda) before it went missing.

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Malaysia Airlines suspends the trading of its shares as it becomes an entirely-owned state airline

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has suspended the trading of its shares. The beleaguered airline which is majority owned (70 percent) by the state investment fund Khazanah Nasional, is acquiring the remaining shares. The fund will delist the stock and take it private according to the Business Insider.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 9M-MTC (msn 1229) arrives in Sydney.

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