An investigative report by the Malaysian government into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) Flight MH370 – which went missing shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014 – offered few new conclusions on the Beijing-bound flight. But certain hopes are rising that new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad can manufacture a turnaround of the beleaguered national flag carrier. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The new report, released earlier this week, said that the Boeing 777-200ER plane was deliberately manipulated off course, but stopped short of apportioning specific blame. The aircraft’s transponders were shut off without a mayday call less than an hour into the ill-fated flight carrying 239 people. As the plane left Malaysian airspace, it was soon thereafter manually turned away from its flight path, veering thousands of miles off course where it is believed to have plunged into the … [Read more...] about Can Mahathir solve Malaysia Airlines’ riddle?
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KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) - Malaysia’s new Transport Minister said the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 by a private US firm will end on Tuesday (May 29) next week and there will be no more extensions. Houston-based Ocean Infinity has been searching for the aircraft that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. “This morning I raised this in Cabinet and agreed to extend to May 29,” Mr Anthony Loke told reporters. Asked if that meant no more extensions, he said: “Yes.” The decision to end the search comes as new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reins in government spending. The contract to find the jet, missing since 2014, is under review, Dr Mahathir said after his first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (May 23). The government in January agreed to pay Ocean Infinity as much as US$70 million (S$93.99 million) if it solves … [Read more...] about Search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 to end on May 29: Transport Minister
Malaysia Airlines said there is “no such tender process as alleged” and the MoU with Boeing remains in place. Reuters Malaysia Airlines has indicated that it may be interested in buying 20-30 widebody jets from either Boeing or Airbus, a source with knowledge of the matter said. Such a deal could either expand or replace a previous non-binding agreement with Boeing that was reached during a high-profile U.S. visit by the country’s prime minister last year, the source told Reuters. Its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing to buy eight long-range 787 jets, valued at $2.25 billion at list prices, had come as a surprise given that the national carrier already had an all-Airbus widebody fleet. For a carrier of Malaysia Airlines’ modest size to operate similar-sized planes from both manufacturers would tend to reduce efficiency and add to costs. While the Boeing 787 is included in the airline’s latest request for information for the 20-30 jets, it … [Read more...] about Malaysia Airlines indicates interest in 20-30 widebody jets from Airbus or Boeing: source
Singapore. Malaysia Airlines has launched a fresh tender process for 20 to 30 widebody jets that could supersede a deal with Boeing agreed during a high-profile visit by Prime Minister Najib Razak to the United States last year, a source with knowledge of the matter said. Its nonbinding memorandum of understanding with Boeing to buy eight long-range 787 jets, valued at $2.25 billion at list prices, had come as a surprise given that the national carrier already had an all-Airbus SE widebody fleet. While the Boeing 787 is included in the airline's latest request for information, it has also listed the Airbus A330neo and A350 for consideration, the source with knowledge of the new widebody tender process told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The carrier already has A330s and A350s in its fleet. An Airbus spokesman declined to comment. A Malaysia Airlines spokeswoman said it was "premature" to comment on whether it planned to firm up the Boeing deal. "As an airline, we … [Read more...] about Malaysia Airlines Launches Widebody Tender Process, Could Oust Boeing 787 Deal: Source
The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after the aircraft first went missing. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people onboard, became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries when it disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Malaysia agreed in January to pay US firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during an offshore search effort that is underway and expected to end in June. The decision to engage the firm came after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($159.38 million) search across a 120,000 square-kilometer (46,332 square miles) area in the Indian Ocean last year, despite investigators calling for the target area to be extended 25,000 square kilometers (9653 square miles) north. The release of a full report into MH370’s disappearance has been … [Read more...] about Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends