• MALAYSIAN PREMIER MAHATHIR MOHAMAD EXAMINING A MODEL OF THE EMBRAER E190-E2. ON 26 MARCH HE WILL OPEN LIMA2019 WHERE THE REAL E190-E2 IS ON STATIC DISPLAY.
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    Plane politics

    Tun Mahathir Mohamad recalled one occasion when, as Malaysia’s then prime minister in March 2003, he went on a three-day state visit to Brazil to promote bilateral ties and trade between the two nations. He had previously visited South America’s largest economy in 1991. He remembered fondly this particular visit, especially his trip to Sao Paulo where he swung by the Embraer factory, the home of the aircraft manufacturer, at Sao Jose dos Campos. Recounting the tour, the PM said: “I was impressed. I suggested to Ananda (Krishnan, Malaysia’s richest man), to take a stake in it (Embraer). But it didn’t happen…” There are a few things in life Malaysia’s then fourth…

  • BLAST FROM THE PAST: A B777-200ER IN MAS COLOURS. PIC/SHUKOR YUSOF
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    MAS 1 Outsiders 0

    Congratulations, Malaysia Airlines (MAS)! Against the run of play, MAS has scored a beguiling, sensational goal against the opposition, also known as the “Outsiders”,  comprising Malaysians critical of its shabby financial performance over the past two decades. “Malaysia Airlines scores 2-year partnership with FAM” reads one headline, referring to the flag carrier’s latest collaboration with the Football Association of Malaysia. Amidst uncertainty over its own future – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said his government would even consider shutting the airline as losses mount – MAS has pulled a rabbit out of the hat. There was no mention of the amount involved in MAS sealing this partnership with the FAM. The other sponsors…

  • A MALAYSIA AIRLINES AIRBUS A350-900. PIC/KC SIM
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    MAS-placed pride

    “In reality there is, perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride…” – Benjamin Franklin   You’re not a Malaysian, and you’re certainly not a patriotic Malaysian, if you don’t have pride. More specifically, pride in the national carrier: Malaysia Airlines (MAS). This past week every man and his dog gave their take on why MAS is so depleted (of money and ideas), how best to save the moribund national airline and how, as Malaysians, we must always maintain its pride. Many Malaysians are indoctrinated from young with the belief the world owes them a living. Many thus grow up with a sense of self-entitlement.…