• CAN YOU PICK OUT WHO IS AND WHO ISN’T A “SHRINKING VIOLET”?
    Aviation

    Yes, Prime Minister

    When Peter Bellew first took the job of Group CEO of Malaysia Airlines (MH) on July 1, 2016 he said: “The goal will be to fly customers safely to places they want to go with great value fares and superior service on clean modern aircraft.” Read the statement here. A year later this mission seemed to have changed. From flying customers to destinations they’d like to go to, Bellew now sings a different tune. The Star quoted him as saying: “If the stakeholders feel we should fly into the US, Europe or even Africa, then we will do that.” Read the whole article here. Isn’t that remarkable? MH’s highest paid employee has succinctly revealed one of…

  • AN MH B737-800 TAKING OFF. PIC/BOEING
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    What’s going on, Malaysia Airlines?

    On Sep 20 Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) managing director Peter Bellew told The Malaysian ReserveMAB would not pay for the acquisition of 16 Boeing aircraft, but rather leased them. This contradicted a statement made by the Malaysian premier on Sep 12 that “Boeing planes to be purchased by MAS… within five years, the deal will be worth beyond USD10 billion.” Is this some kind of legerdemain to lull us into thinking Malaysia is making a major investment in the US economy, when all it really is, is Malaysia Airlines (MH) leasing some Boeing planes, plain and simple? On Sep 15, when the PM arrived home at KLIA he reaffirmed his statement made at the…

  • BOEING’S MOU WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES ON SEP 12
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    In the airline business politicians are best seen, not heard

    “I think you all know that I’ve always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” –  former US President Ronald Reagan, August 12, 1986   Thirty-one years ago and the words still ring true. The Gipper was an astute president and not ashamed to admit that many of the problems during his two terms in office were caused by the government’s long history of conflicting and haphazard policies. On September 12 the Malaysian government, led by its prime minister (PM) and several key cabinet ministers went to the White House in Washington DC and announced that Malaysia Airlines…