PETALING JAYA - AirAsia has removed the April issue of its inflight magazine Travel 3Sixty, which carried an article on the global positioning system (GPS) that purportedly cast aspersions on the MH370 crisis.
AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the article was printed before the tragic incident took place but the budget airline will immediately remove that particular edition of the magazine from all AirAsia flights.
He apologised to all concerned over the article, which drew flak from netizens soon after it was reproduced in cyberspace on Friday night. The image circulated on the net showed a passage that read: "Training and Preparation - Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough.
"Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost. Have a safe flight."
Kamarudin, also the magazine publisher, said the article was published in the monthly column on aviation by Capt Lim Khoy Hing, a retired pilot who had worked in AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.
"As a monthly contributor, Capt Lim prepares his articles months before the magazine goes to print.
"Unintentionally and regrettably, the current issue carried an article that discusses GPS and radar," he said, adding that the April edition was printed a month before its issue date.
"This is a truly difficult time for the nation and words cannot describe how I personally feel of this incident.
"It truly saddens me that this article was released at such an inopportune moment," said Kamarudin. In a related development, AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, tweeted: "As soon as we were informed on Twitter we withdrew. Once again apologies. It has been a difficult time for all in the industry".