Thumbs-up for MAS from South Australian premier

Thumbs-up for MAS from South Australian premier

SEPANG - Despite record losses made worse by two tragedies, Malaysia Airlines got a thumbs-up from South Australia premier Jay Weatherill.

He said MAS was an important player in many South Australia-sponsored events, including the Tour Down Under, and he had deli­berately flown the national flag carrier on a number of occasions.

Weatherill, who met officials from the airlines on Saturday, said MAS had been flying to the state for 24 years and "we want the cooperation between us to continue".

"We met them in light of the (MH370/MH17) catastrophes that have occurred. We wanted to reassure them that we remain committed to them," he told The Star.

MAS has been struggling to attract passengers amid intense competition in the industry, its losses wi­dening to RM576.1mil for the three months ended Sept 30.

With Weatherill was Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston, the former chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre tasked with locating MH370.

The two stopped over here en route home after visiting Singapore.

Houston said that he, too, had flown many times with MAS and it was important for them to come to show solidarity with the airline.

"MAS is a very good airline. I have always had confidence in it and I look forward to seeing them do well," he said.

He said he was hopeful that MH370, which disappeared on March 8, would eventually be found.

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