Malaysia Airlines posts big quarterly loss

MAS suffers falling passenger numbers and yields

Malaysia Airlines says that falling passenger numbers and yields following the loss of two aircraft this year are behind its worst quarterly loss since 2011.

The troubled airline’s third-quarter net loss widened to MYR 576.1 million (€135 million) from MYR 375.4 million a year earlier, the worst quarterly result since October-December 2011.

“Whilst declining fuel prices have helped stem losses in our quarterly result, Malaysia Airlines continues to struggle despite efforts to reduce the financial bleeding,” the company said. “Certain markets, particularly China, continue to pose challenges to return to previous levels.”

The news emphasises the challenges that the state fund Khazanah, its majority shareholder, faces in restructuring the company. It plans to delist MAS from the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange by the end of the year, cut a third of the workforce and replace chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Jahya.

Reuters


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