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Another Debris of MH370 Found?

MOZAMBIQUE, March 2nd 2016: A piece of wreckage, believed from Boeing 777 is found washed ashore on the cost of Mozambique, according to a CNN news report. Since there is no reported crash (other than Flight MH 17) involving Boeing 777 of that nature, it is strongly believed that the missing piece is from Flight MH 370, the one that disappeared during nighttime on March 8th 2014.

The unnamed source from United States further elaborated that the piece of wreckage is on its way to Malaysia for further examination. A quick look on Malaysian news sites has yet to reveal anything but we are expecting wide news coverage in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing while on its way from Kuala Lumpur International Airport – KLIA (KUL) to Beijing (PEK). It is being investigated as a crime by Malaysian police as they found it was being deliberately changed course from its intended path. Search so far has been proved futile with no credible lead found.

 

Involvement of Jurukur Bahan Antara in Airport Construction / Renovation Projects

Jurukur Bahan Antara, a cost consultation company has been involved with several renovation and construction projects at some of the airports in Malaysia.

Here are the details:

  • Proposed Construction of a New Terminal Building and Parking Apron at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu, Kelantan for MALAYSIA AIRPORTS SDN BHD (RM 52 million)
  • Proposed Construction of a New Terminal Building at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Alor Setar, Kedah for MALAYSIA AIRPORTS SDN BHD (RM 83 million)
  • Proposed Design, Build, Testing And Commissioning For Upgrading for New Large Aircraft (A380) Operations at KLIA International,Sepang, Malaysia for MALAYSIA AIRPORTS SDN BHD (RM 100 million)

Source: BQSM.gov.my website

Airbus A350XWB Asian Tour: Malaysia

Airbus A350XWB - (C) Airbus. Photo by J V Reymondon
Airbus A350XWB – (C) Airbus. Photo by J V Reymondon

A350XWB is a mid-size passenger airplane made by the famous European airplane manufacturer, Airbus. XWB in its name designation is eXtra-Wide Body,  indicating its advancement in widebody airplane manufacturing.

A350XWB uses Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, the largest turbofan engine (by fan diameter size) ever built for mass-produced aircraft. At 118 inch diameter, the fan diameter is even larger than those on A380 jumbo jet.

The only Malaysian airliner that placed firm order on A350XWB is AirAsia X, which sees the purchase of airplane fits well with their long-term strategy.

Recently Airbus A350XWB has made Malaysia as its final stop for its Asian tour. The airplane landed at KUL – KL International Airport (KLIA) and make a short turnaround flight the following day. Only selected crew members of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and press were invited as part of this program.

Since we are not able to be there for our much-cherished A350XWB, check out some tweets by @Airbus account:

 

 

And on the next day:

 

 

After Malaysia, the A350XWB is now back in Toulouse, France. Toulouse is a city where the final assembly of most Airbus airplanes take place.

 

 

MH17: Malaysia Accepted as Full Member of Investigation Team

Malaysia Airlines A380 9M-MNB at Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
Malaysia Airlines A380 9M-MNB at Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris, France

Malaysia has finally been accepted as full member of criminal investigation that intends to find the real cause of downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17).

The notification about Malaysia’s full membership of joint investigation committee is done via a letter dated November 28th sent by Dutch National Public Prosecutor’s Office. The letter was received by Malaysian Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on Monday, December 1st 2014.

Flight 17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 passengers was shot down by what is believed to be a high-velocity projectile in Donetsk, Ukraine. Donetsk is a region controlled by rebels in Ukraine.

Malaysian government is currently in possession of the flight voice and data recorder, which was retrieved after the incident by the rebels.

Source: The Star

Will Christoph R. Mueller Make Malaysia Airlines Fly Again?

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 2014-10-14 10.31.31
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 2014-10-14 10.31.31

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) airplanes are still flying, as of today. However, operating with losses for years is not a good choice for the ailing airline.

The Restructuring Plan of Malaysia Airlines

Months ago, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysian government investment arm has outlined a masterplan to resuscitate MAS and bring it to profit again (the complete PDF version of 12-point plan can be found here). Since then, there have been rumors on the appointment of a non-Malaysian as the CEO of the NewCo, the new company that is supposed to take over MAS, also known as OldCo in the restructuring plan.

Mueller From Aer Lingus to NewCo

On December 5th, Khazanah announced the name of NewCo CEO-Designate, Mr. Christoph R. Mueller. Mr. Mueller is already a huge name in aviation industry for his experience in bringing Aer Lingus back to profitability some time ago. His contract with Aer Lingus will end on May 1st 2015 but discussions are ongoing for him to start his jo at NewCo before that date but no earlier than March 1st 2015.

Aer Lingus was once marred with huge loss in sombre Irish market and has recorded loss for years. Mr. Mueller managed to turn the 78-year old Irish airline into profitability witin a year despite difficult market environment that time.

Additional Leadership Announcements

Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly, current Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom), is appointed to the new MAS board as Non-Executive Director, effective January 1st 2015. Despite that, he will remain as the CEO and director of Celcom, a leading Malaysian telecommunications company.

Other positions announced including the one mentioned above:

  • Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof (Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman)
  • Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (Managing Director/Group Chief Executive Officer)
  • Christoph R. Mueller (Non-Executive Director/CEO-designate of MAS NewCo)
  • David Lau Nai Pek (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Mohd Shahazwan Mohd Harris (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Tan Sri Krishnan Tan Boon Seng (Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani (Independent Non-Executive
  • Director)
  • Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman (Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Dr. Mohamadon Abdullah (Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Mohd Izani Ashari (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly (Non-Executive Director)
  • Dato’ Fauziah Yaacob (Alternate Director to Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah / Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

 

Response from Malaysians

Malaysians generally have mixed reviews with the appointment of Mueller. While many lauded that bld move to appoint a non-Malaysian in the top management of the new company, others see that a bit in a negative way and suggested that Khazanah should look into hiring a Malaysian for that post instead.

Malaysia Airlines has been known for its inefficiency, hence it has embroiled itself with years of losses. Other than inefficiency of aircraft and crew management, we were also shocked to learn about “intervention” by various parties with the ailing airline. As an independently-operated company, there should be no intervention other than the ones that are supposed to benefit the airline.

We also learned that MAS Employee Union (MASEU) has pledged its support to the new CEO-designate. We hope that other Malaysians will also support Khazanah’s noble intention to ensure the continuity of our flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines. In the meantime, some form of check-and-balance is required to ensure smooth operation of the new company, establishing the need for us to be more vigilant in supervising the new management team.

#FLYINGHIGH #KEEPFLYING

More information about the announcement can be found here.