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Malaysia Airlines will terminate its entire workforce of 20,000

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Christoph Mueller, CEO of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) and CEO-designate of the new airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), assures customers that MAS operations continue as normal with the appointment of the Administrator.

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Mueller states, “I assure you our operations are very much business as usual. All MAS flights, schedules, and reservations continue to operate as normal. We remain committed to serving you with our world-class Malaysian Hospitality, and look forward to welcoming you on board Malaysia Airlines.

“This appointment does not affect our daily operations or existing reservations. You can continue to make reservations in full confidence that our flights and schedules are operating as normal, that tickets sold will be honoured, and that our Enrich frequent flyer programme continues with Miles and status preserved”, Mueller added.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) announced the voluntary appointment of an Administrator for MAS. This appointment reflects the continuing and considerable effort to September 1, 2015, when MAB becomes operational with a new business model and a new management team, led by Mueller.

In the meantime, anxiety is at its highest and morale lowest for the 20,000 people working for the national airline. It will either be tears of joy or anguish when they get their termination and re-employment letters in a matter of days.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will terminate its entire workforce to start afresh as a smaller airline with a regional focus rather than international. The only person spared is chief executive Christoph Mueller, who was hired to lead the new airline but was then roped in to manage the transition.

About two-thirds of the 20,000 staff will be offered jobs with new conditions. Sources say the final number of staff asked to go could be over 8,000, but in stages over a year.

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