9 August 2017
PAS’ arts and culture bureau chief Riduan Mohd Nor wants alcohol to be banned from being served on Malaysia Airlines flights: planes are not entertainment centres or nightclubs where passengers can do whatever they please.
Frequent flyers, ex-cabin crew say no to MAS alcohol ban
Former stewardess questions need to ban serving alcohol on Malaysia Airlines when airlines from Muslim nations – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – have no such rule.
PETALING JAYA: The call to ban alcohol from being served on Malaysia Airlines flights by a PAS central committee member has garnered mixed reactions from frequent flyers.
Norhanizah Ahmed Ahmad, who is the chief operating officer of Rey-Z Travel Services Sdn Bhd, said there was no need to ban alcohol as Malaysia Airlines is a commercial airline whose passengers consist of many races.
She said there was no issue as long as alcohol isn’t served to Muslims.
“We are not a 100% Muslim country but a multiracial one, unlike Saudi Arabia and Brunei,” the tour operator said.
Adding that Malaysia Airlines already faces many challenges, Norhanizah said the proposed ban would only further cripple the airline.
Christina Chan, who flies with Malaysia Airlines twice a month on both domestic and international flights, agreed, saying there was no need for a total ban.
“Malaysia Airlines has various destinations around the world with different passengers from different countries. It’s usual for them to consume alcohol with their food.
“If there is a total ban, we would not be able to cater to passengers’ needs, especially for those in business and first class.”
She suggested that Malaysia Airlines could perhaps limit the number of drinks served to each passenger to one or two glasses per flight.
Norhanizah and Chan were responding to a comment made by PAS’ arts and culture bureau chief Riduan Mohd Nor on Monday.
In-flight nightclubs? Don’t be ridiculous, PAS’ Riduan told
PETALING JAYA: The president of an airline workers union has accused PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor of making an exaggerated statement about the consequences of serving alcohol during flights.
Ismail Nasaruddin, who heads the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam), said Riduan was being “ridiculous” when he likened passenger planes to nightclubs.
He told FMT he had not encountered a club-like scene on any flight in his 26 years of service.
“That’s an exaggeration,” he said in reference to a statement attributed to Riduan in a news report.
According to the report, Riduan was adding his voice to calls for a ban on alcohol on Malaysia Airline flights. He was quoted as saying the ban would serve as a lesson to people who looked upon passenger planes as entertainment centres where they could do as they pleased.
He also said there was no need for the government to worry that Malaysia Airlines would lose passengers if it didn’t serve alcohol because some people valued airlines for other aspects of their service, such as punctuality, efficiency, safety and care for passenger comfort.
Ismail acknowledged that concerns over safety were legitimate when considering the case for or against serving alcohol. He said studies had shown that the consumption of alcohol can cause problems on flights.
“Some consideration can be made for reducing the amounts brought on flights or for serving only a certain number of drinks to passengers,” he said.
He suggested that PAS make its stand in Parliament, adding that his union neither supported nor opposed the practice of serving alcohol to passengers.
Former Malaysia Airlines managing director Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said airlines had to serve alcohol in order to remain competitive.
1 June 2017
PAS calls for alcohol-free MAS flights
PETALING JAYA: PAS wants the government to remove alcohol from the menu on board Malaysia Airlines flights after a disruptive drunk passenger caused a MAS plane to turn back to Melbourne last night.
“The government should emulate Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain and a few other countries that are more stringent on the issue.
“Even a tiny country like Brunei is more daring in banning the serving of alcoholic drinks on board Royal Brunei Airlines flights,” said PAS Youth deputy chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari.
Ahmad Fadhli said a ban on serving alcohol on MAS fights would bring “blessings” as alcohol was damned in Islam.
“As a nation led by a Muslim prime minister, now is the time to make changes if we truly want to change,” he said.
UMNO delegate wants to sew up MAS uniforms….
‘Let’s sew up revealing ‘MAS uniforms’: UMNO delegate http://ebx.sh/1NWG0Uv
12 September 2015
This is what an air stewardess wears on a MAS flight.
Delegate offers to sew up ‘revealing’ MAS stewardess uniform
UMNO AGM An Umno delegate who was annoyed with the uniform of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) stewardess which he deemed too revealing has offered sewing services to help them cover up.
Ahmad Darus, a delegate from Penang who was debating on religion and education at the Umno general assembly today, noted that women at his party branches were good at sewing.
“I think many of the Wanita chiefs at our party branches are actually tailors.
“If (MAS) does not have money (to sew up the uniforms), then send them to the branch Wanita chiefs, they can help sew them up,” he said.
Ahmad added that he could not comprehend why MAS, which is state-owned, can allow such attires.
“The men are dressed decently but the women, we let them wear ‘unsewn clothes’.
“I cannot understand… the uniforms are prepared by us (government-owned MAS), it is not like they are free to wear according to their whims,” he said.
4 May 2017
#Letters Malaysia Airlines Bhd has done injustice to 6,000 ex-MAS exployees
Malaysia Airlines will add 11 new routes and embark on a hiring spree by year-end amid a boost in demand from international customers, Chief Executive Peter Bellew said on Wednesday.
The Malaysian national carrier is in the midst of a turnaround after suffering two tragedies in 2014 – when Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing mysteriously disappeared, and Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
Bellew said the number of routes being introduced now was the most in a single year in the airline’s history, and that the company was evaluating at least 26 more routes that could be introduced by 2018.
The airline, he said, was seeing an increase in customers in Asia, particularly from China, India and Australia, despite a fall in the number of fliers to Europe and the United States.
Malaysia Airlines was looking to hire more staff towards the end of this year and add several wide-body aircraft to its fleet. However, he did not discuss on how many jobs would be
14 March 2017
Malaysia Airlines flying high again
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines flights are mostly full and it has begun to turn away passengers, a far cry from the past couple of years when people kept away following two tragedies in 2014.
Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew, giving an example, said this time last year, the load factor for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route was 35-40 per cent.
Today, he said, it was “generally full” all the time, including the business class.
“A lot of our flights are full and we are turning away a lot of customers. Our staff can’t get seats as well. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem. This time last year, we were cancelling flights as we didn’t have customers,” he was quoted by Singapore’s Business Times as saying.
It might be difficult to believe that just two years ago the company was almost on the brink of collapse following two tragedies.
“The numbers don’t lie. We had 90% load factor (in December 2016). And we are whacking Singapore Airlines, Garuda and Cathay Pacific. We are doing pretty good,” Bellew told the Business Times.
Over the same month, SIA’s load factor stood at 82.9%, Garuda’s at 77.4% per cent and Cathay Pacific’s at 85%, according to the report.
Traffic rose 5% to 3.8 million customers from a quarter ago, while average fares dropped 3% over the quarter.
Among the reasons for the turnaround are better management of resources and finances, simplification of the fare structure, and making its website more user-friendly.
Bellew said:”Previously, the seats weren’t filled as the airline sold them at high fares. We had really, really expensive fares and we would panic at the end when the aircraft was empty and then give unbelievably cheap fares. The whole mix was wrong.”
The airline now has a stepped approach to fare pricing – the earlier one makes a booking, the better the deal.
Forward bookings for the next six months for business class travel have doubled and overall, risen 50% from last year, said the Business Times report.
7 March 2017
4 March 2017
Malaysia Airlines Bhd. projects oil prices will increase to about $70 a barrel toward the end of this year and has aggressive fuel hedging in place as the money-losing national carrier seeks to return to profitable operations.
“At the moment we are hedged about 65 percent of the current year at about a little bit north of $60,” Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew said in a Bloomberg TV interview with Haidi Lun on Friday. “We are quite aggressively hedging 12 months ahead on a quarter-to-quarter basis and taking a fairly prudent approach to it.”
Malaysia Airlines is projecting a return to what Bellew calls “more consistent profitability” in 2018 following an expected loss this year as it fills a larger portion of seats amid demand from markets leading with China. The ringgit’s depreciation against the dollar since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in November is a big concern for Malaysia Airlines, the CEO said.
The Malaysian currency — which has weakened more than 5 percent since the U.S. election — may strengthen over the next six to nine months, helping to bolster the carrier’s earnings, Bellew said.
Crude oil futures were trading at $52.66 a barrel as of 12:35 p.m. in Singapore.
3 March 2017
Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellow expects a return to profitability in 2018
Malaysia Airlines CEO Says Back to Profitability in 2018
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March 3, 2017
Peter Bellew, chief executive officer at Malaysia Airlines, discusses the company’s return to profitability, his outlook for oil and his expansion plans for China. He speaks to Bloomberg’s Haidi Lun on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew: Malaysia has lowest average fares in world at moment. “Some of it is pretty insane”
1 March 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd on Wednesday said it expects a decline in passenger yields in the second half of this year due to competition and a weak domestic currency, as the national carrier works to return to profitability by 2018.
The airline also said it would continue to focus on cost control, and that it has identified 400 million ringgit ($89.99 million) worth of cost reductions for 2017 to offset strength in the U.S. dollar.
“We expect yields to decline in the second half of the year due to irrational competition but our focus will be on reducing costs to maintain our financial position,” the airline said in a statement.
Passenger yields refers to the average fare paid per mile, per customer.
“We have delivered a solid 2016 but a weak Malaysian ringgit, overcapacity in the Malaysian market and any potential price war will make 2017 a challenging year,” it said.
The airline said 2016 ended 49 percent ahead of its budgeted loss. It did not specify amounts but previously said it expected to book a loss.
It recorded an 11 percentage-point increase in its load factor – or capacity used – to 81 percent in the October-December quarter, as bookings increased.