MELBOURNE, June 1st 2017: A Malaysian Airlines flight from Melbourne (MEL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) was asked to turn back to Melbourne due to an act of disruption by a single perpetrator. The flight, MH 128, departed from Melbourne at 11.11pm yesterday (31 May 2017).
The disruptive passenger was allegedly trying to open the cockpit door. Fortunately, a number of brave passengers acted fast and managed to subdue the disruptive passenger before the passenger made it to the cockpit. While the event is unfolding, the flight crews managed to alert the pilots in the cockpit, resulting in the eventual turn back by the pilot.
MH128, which had departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June, made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating Captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit.
Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft ‘hijacked’.
MH128 safely landed in Melbourne airport at 11.41pm.
Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.
Safety and security are of utmost priority to malaysia airlines. The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft and will be screened by Australian authorities.
They will be accommodated at hotels and offered on the next available flight or on other carriers.
Canberra, August 24th 2016: The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC) said the Australian-led search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is expected to wrap up in December.
The search will be suspended indefinitely if there is no new evidence found. It was originally scheduled to finish in August, but bad weather and unexpected search vessel maintenance has pushed forward the schedule.
The latest statement, jointly released by JACC as well as Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said over 110,000 square kilometers out of 120,000 square kilometers total search zone has been thoroughly explored.
About MH370: On March 8th 2014, the airplane vanished while it is on its way to Beijing, China. No major piece of wreckage has found. It is believed to be crashed at a remote location in Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines will revamp its economy class meals to give more value for its customers. Yes, you heard it right. Economy class passengers will enjoy better meals in the future.
Malaysia Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Simmons has said the new menu have improvement in ingredients by having more than double the protein size and bigger portions. Besides, overall presentation of the meal will also be improved.
Passengers for short-haul flights will be able to enjoy better in-flight dining experience as hot meals will be introduced for them. All these improvements have added 20% of the overall meal cost.
“This (hot meal) includes dishes such as Japanese inspired appetiser shrimp salad with spring onion, sesame seed chicken teriyaki served with Japanese rice and also Korean influenced kimchi chicken with Asian greens and deep fried queen fish and Kung Pao sauce for North Asian destinations”, said Malaysia Airlines in a statement.
“More Malaysian dishes will also be served on flights between Kuala Lumpur to Australia including curry and rendang as part of the airline’s move to provide a truly Malaysian experience to reflect the cultural richness of the national airline,” it added.
Malaysia Airlines has decided to utilize the new Airbus A350 for its Asia and London routes, starting as early as October 2017. The aircraft, also known as Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliners developed by Airbus.
The company has signed a long-term lease agreement for four new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Additionally, two A350-900s and two A330-900neo (New Engine Option). It is not known whether the lease type is wet lease or dry lease.
Malaysia Airlines CEO, Christoph Mueller has expressed interest in acquiring more aircraft of that type to fulfill Malaysia Airlines’ future needs. The aircraft will be delivered between fourth quarter of 2017 and second quarter of 2018.