Christoph Mueller, chief executive of Malaysian Airline System Berhad and CEO-designate of the new airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), has assured customers MAS operations will continue as normal with the appointment of the administrator.
Malaysia Airlines remains continues to implement a restructuring plan which will see it cut upward of a third of its workforce in an effort to recover after two plane tragedies last year.
The carrier was battered by an avalanche of negative publicity last year after the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.
Commenting on the appointment of an administrator to oversee the restructuring process Mueller stated: “I assure you our operations are very much business as usual.
“All MAS flights, schedules, and reservations continue to operate as normal.
“We remain committed to serving you with our world-class Malaysian Hospitality, and look forward to welcoming you on board Malaysia Airlines.
“This appointment does not affect our daily operations or existing reservations.
Khazanah Nasional Berhad announced the voluntary appointment of an Administrator for MAS earlier.
This appointment reflects the continuing and considerable effort to September 1st 2015, when MAB becomes operational with a new business model and a new management team, led by Mueller.
Mueller added: “You can continue to make reservations in full confidence that our flights and schedules are operating as normal, that tickets sold will be honoured, and that our Enrich frequent flyer programme continues with Miles and status preserved.”
The appointment by Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign fund and the sole shareholder of MAS, is backed by the Malaysian Airline System Berhad Administration Act 2015 enacted by the government of Malaysia.
Under the MAS Act, the administrator plays a critical role to facilitating the transfer of selected assets and liabilities to MAB, which will replace MAS as Malaysia’s new national carrier.