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Upbeat Malaysia Airlines to add new routes, hire more staff

May 04. 2017
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By The Star
Asia News Network
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines will add 11 new routes and embark on a hiring spree by the 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 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-bodied aircraft to its fleet. However, he did not discuss how many jobs would be added.

The company was de-listed from the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 2014, and laid off at least 6,000 people, at least a third of its workforce, at the peak of the airline’s crisis in 2015.

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