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After 2 disasters, Malaysia Airlines faces overhaul

After 2 disasters, Malaysia Airlines faces overhaul

Malaysia Airlines In ‘Complete Overhaul’ Plan

  • In this Nov. 27, 2012 photo, Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 737 passenger plane, rear, prepares to take off as other Malaysia Airlines planes park at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 it is on track to become profitable by the end of next year because its business turnaround plan has gained momentum. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Associated Press Photos – In this Nov. 27, 2012 photo, Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 737 passenger plane, rear, prepares to take off as other Malaysia Airlines planes park at Kuala Lumpur International Airport …more  in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 it is on track to become profitable by the end of next year because its business turnaround plan has gained momentum. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  less 

Malaysian officials have released a share buy-back plan to take Malaysia Airlines off the stock market, as part of a “complete overhaul” of the embattled carrier.State investment firm Khazanah Nasional, which owns 69% of the airline, wants to purchase the majority shareholding from investors ahead of a delisting.The move comes as the company continues to reel from the dual effect of losing two aircraft this year – the disappearance of MH370 and the crash of MH17 in eastern Ukraine.The airline struggled with profitability for several years ahead of this year’s disasters.Khazanah Nasional has proposed buying the outstanding stock at 27 sen (£0.0475) a share, 29% higher than the three-month average.

The complete takeover would cost 1.38bn ringgit (£255m). Shares were suspended in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the announcement.

“The proposed restructuring will critically require all parties to work closely together to undertake what will be a complete overhaul of the national carrier,” Khazanah said in a statement.

“Nothing less will be required in order to revive our national airline to be profitable as a commercial entity and to serve its function as a critical national development entity.”

Before this year’s disasters, the carrier’s financial performance was among the worst in the industry, putting a question mark over its future.

Some industry experts recently voiced concern of its ability to survive without a major cash injection from the Malaysian government.

Branding specialists have said Malaysia Airlines must take dramatic steps such as replacing its senior management and a name change.

As a state-owned flag carrier, the airline must fly unprofitable domestic routes.

Its workforce has a strong union presence that has resisted operational changes, amid the rise of low cost regional rivals.

Khazanah said the plan requires approvals from regulators and Malaysia’s finance minister.




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