Malaysia Airlines officially welcomed a new beginning on September 1 as it puts an end to all operations under Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) and introduced its new holding company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), after receiving its Air Operator Certificate last week.
The national carrier’s new chief executive officer, Christoph Mueller, along with members of the new management marked the change with a special walkabout at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), where they greeted passengers and handed out souvenirs as well as a pair of business class tickets for one lucky passenger. Flight MH149, the last flight to fly under MAS, took off near midnight on August 31 from Kuala Lumpur for Melbourne, while flight MH433 from Hong Kong became the first flight to land in KLIA under MAB at 00:15 on September 1.
“We are very excited to welcome today, the start of our new company. We have been working hard for the past months to ensure a smooth and successful transition and we would like to thank our customers and airline partners for their continued support during this period,” Mueller said.
The carrier on the same day also shut down its Golden Lounges in Perth and Singapore as part of its continued efforts to cut costs. In Perth, business passengers and Enrich Platinum and Gold members can instead enjoy the Qantas International Business Lounge, a fellow Oneworld member, while those in Singapore are invited to use the Premier Lounge, a third-party lounge. Some existing lounges, however, such as those in London and Kuala Lumpur, will see upgrades in the near future to provide premium travelers in these airports refined convenience, although the airline has yet to release further details.
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