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Malaysia Airlines to rebrand with a possible name change

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia Airlines Berhad-MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) will undergo a rebrand process, including a possible name change, in the first quarter of 2016 according to a report by stuff.co.nz. A rebranding strategy will be announced in December.

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Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MLQ (msn 39327) passes through Honolulu on delivery in the 2010 livery.

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Malaysia Airlines to become an Airbus A350 operator

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Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) today (September 10), in a joint statement, stated the carrier has signed a contract to lease four Airbus A350-900s from ALC. The A350s will be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.

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Malaysia Airlines also has the option to lease another two Airbus A350s and two A330s, according to the joint statement.

The new aircraft are likely to replace the older Boeing 777-200s.

Herre is the statement:

Today Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Air Lease Corporation signed long-term lease agreements for four (4) new Airbus A350-900s. The transaction also includes a lease option for two additional A350-900s and two A330-900neo aircraft.

Powered by two Rolls Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, the A350-900 aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and will be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller said, “We are excited to have this aircraft as part of our fleet. The A350 is the most technologically advanced aircraft and we are confident that it will deliver exceptional passenger comfort and improve the overall efficiency of our fleet.We are very pleased to partner with Air Lease Corporation on this strategic transaction,”

“ALC is honored to welcome Malaysia Airlines Berhad as our newest valued customer. We are confident that these aircraft will maximize Malaysia Airlines’ operations to help grow its business while simultaneously reducing its operating costs and emissions,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “ALC looks forward to building a strong long-term relationship with Malaysia Airlines Berhad in the future,” he added.


The new Malaysia Airlines is launched today

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) on August 28 received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) at Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya.

The new AOC allows the new Malaysia Airlines to take flight on September 1, 2015. The old MAS is now dissolved.

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Above Photo: MAB. New CEO Christoph Mueller (former CEO of Aer Lingus) greets crew members of flight MH433, the first MAB flight to arrive at Kuala Lumpur this morning on September 1.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) issued this short statement:

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Malaysia Airlines is pleased to inform that September 1, 2015 will mark the start of our new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), which replaces Malaysian Airline System Berhad. Rest assured that the change in company will not impact the day-to-day operations of MAB with no changes to our current flights, schedules, reservations, or operations.

We have been working hard to make the transition seamless and we proudly continue to serve and welcome you on-board. MAB continues to fly with the same focus on delivering exceptional customer service and will honour all current and future tickets and reservations. Our Enrich program remains in place with no changes to Miles and status. Similarly, there are no changes planned to MAB’s arrangements with its alliance partners, oneworld, or any of its business partners.

Safety continues to be our Number One priority.

Top Photo: MAB.

A new livery is expected to be unveiled soon for the new Malaysia Airlines.

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Malaysia Airlines issued this statement concerning the flaperon found on Reunion Island

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) today issued this statement:

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Malaysia Airlines would like to sincerely convey our deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MH370 on the news that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on July 29 was indeed from Flight MH370. This has been confirmed jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d’ Enquetes et d‘ Analyses pour la Securites de I’AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Family members of passengers and crew have already been informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.

This is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370. We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery.

Moving forward, Malaysia Airlines’ priority will continue to provide latest updates and information to the families and will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities on the investigation and recovery of this tragic accident.

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Has a part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 been discovered off Reunion Island?

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members on board, disappeared somewhere in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014 based on the data received from the aircraft.

A possible part, possibly a 777 flap, has been found and may be from the missing pictured Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420). The debris was discovered off the coast of St. Andre on Reunion Island in the western Indian Ocean. Prevailing currents could have pushed the debris to this area.

The debris is being inspected by the authorities for confirmation. Boeing is also involved.

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More information to follow.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2H6 9M-MRO (msn 28420) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda) before the tragic disappearance.

Map: Google Maps.

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The one year tragic anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17

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Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) today issued this statement concerning the one-year anniversary of the tragic shoot-down of flight MH 17:

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July 17 marks the one year anniversary of flight MH 17.

Malaysia Airlines, together with the governments of Malaysia, Australia and the Netherlands, are honoring those lost by offering our deep condolences to families and friends affected by this tragedy.

In observance of the one year anniversary, the Government of Malaysia held a memorial event on July 11, 2015, at Kompleks Bunga Raya, KL International Airport, Sepang. The Government of Australia and the MH 17 Aviation Disaster Foundation, with support from the Government of Netherlands, will also be having a remembrance ceremony on July 17, 2015, in Canberra and Nieuwegein respectively.

Malaysia Airlines has made arrangements for family members to attend the memorial event at one of these countries by providing flight tickets, accommodation and transfers to the event venue.

The airline would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Malaysia, Australia and Netherlands, our many international friends, our employees, our loyal customers, and the people of Malaysia who have provided tremendous and heartfelt support to Malaysia Airlines and the families of the passengers and crew during this difficult time.

Today, we remember and honor those lost and keep their family and friends in our hearts.


MH 17, July 17, 2014

Top: In support, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines issued this statement and symbol.

Note: The government of the Netherlands is preparing to issue its aircraft accident report on the intentional destruction of flight MH 17.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, will cut 6,000 jobs and sell two Airbus A380s

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is “technically bankrupt” according to its new CEO Christoph Mueller, formerly of Aer Lingus. Mueller announced today at a press conference the company will cut around 6,000 jobs in order to reduce costs. The airline continues to operate normally.

The airline will also rebrand on September 1. Mueller did not want to offer any details on the rebranding.

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Mueller also stated the new airline could break even by 2018.

A full review is underway on all routes and some routes will be dropped.

As previously reported, a new legal entity, Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), will replace the technically bankrupt Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS).

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An analyst comment from Ken Odeluga, a senior market analyst at www.cityindex.co.uk

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Christopher Mueller’s strategic comment very much suggests the recently appointed CEO is trying to afford himself maximum flexibility in the difficult months ahead.

There’s a moderate possibility the airline will in practice not be formally declared bankrupt.
We note Malaysian bankruptcy law provides a much lower threshold to judge going concerns than would apply to Malaysian Airlines.

Its balance sheet is remarkably clean under the circumstances with about $810m of accumulated losses including $75m of hedge accounting.

Aside from that, there is no other red ink at all—no significant impairments or other risky effects and its most recent pre-tax margin at 17% is well above MA’s internal run-rate.
The burdens that exist are of course not inconsiderable, but the point is, the airline has been carrying them for longer than its crisis has been going on.

Its bigger problems involve the significant depreciation in the ringgit against the dollar that continues to shave off its room to manoeuvre, not to mention political interference, powerful unions, and more than a whiff of alleged corruption.

MA’s cost base could be about 20% higher than those of its rivals.

Mueller will need in the near-to-immediate term, all his negotiating, persuasive and coercive skills in dealing with all sorts of stakeholders—those which are legitimate and those for whom that term is more arguable.

At least there does now appear to be a will in the State apparatus that wasn’t there a year ago.

Mueller will have the ear of those strong enough to bulldozer parties which might attempt block the root-and-branch reform of the airline that will be necessary to make it what it may never really have been—competitive.

Copyright Photo above: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Malaysia Airlines is reviewing its fleet of 13 Boeing 777-200 ERs and will also attempt to find buyers for two of its six Airbus A380s. Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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