KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said the troubles that plagued Malaysia Airlines in the past was caused by one of his predecessors.
Declining to name who, Najib said, “The history of Malaysia Airlines is fraught with horrendous decisions, and it was a nightmare inflicted on the airline by one of my predecessors.”
“But I will make sure that Malaysia Airlines recovers,” he was quoted as saying by The Star Online.
Najib, who attended the Malaysia Aviation Group’s Hari Raya gathering also said that in his discussion with Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) CEO Peter Bellew, the latter said he expects MAB to be in the black ‘hopefully next year’.
“The first stage (restructuring of Malaysia Airlines) focuses on stabilising MAB finances and that has been achieved,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
In the second phase, Najib said it involves new routes, including 11 from China.
Apart from that, the phase will also look at ‘product depreciation’ aspects such as in-flight cuisine, flight entertainment as well as aircraft quality.
Bernama reported Najib as saying that with all the measures being taken, Malaysia Airlines will be able to regain its Skytrax five-star rating by 2018.
Also at the event, Najib launched Malaysia Airlines’ Negara-Ku livery for its B737-800 aircraft. – MO