PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has dismissed claims it has reduced the number of cabin crew on board its flights as part of cost-cutting measures.
The airline said it was "fully compliant with all international safety standards" for its crew, adding that it was, in fact, operating one of the highest ratios in the world of crew per passenger.
MAS also said there had been no change to the crew numbers on its Airbus A330-300 flights, which carry a ratio of a maximum of 29 passengers per crew member, the lowest in the world.
"The most common ratio of this aircraft operating in Malaysia from other airlines is 42 or 47 customers per crew member," MAS said.
It added that there had also been no change in the number of crew members for its flights using the Airbus A380 aircraft.
As for its 737 flights, MAS said that these flights never operated with six crew members and that a crew of four was the norm for "97 per cent of all other Boeing 737 operators globally".
MAS' comments came about following questions by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye about crew limitations.
Lee claimed in a statement that the airline had decreased its crew numbers per flight, citing the fewer number of flight attendants on board its Boeing 737.
"Apparently, this is the result of Malaysia Airlines' cost-cutting measures as part of its rationalisation programme," he said.
Lee voiced concerned for the safety and welfare of passengers, saying that MAS should ensure there were always enough crew members to handle any situation especially emergencies.