Sunday, 1 October 2017

Happy 45th Birthday Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia airlines began its life in Singapore as Malayan Airways Limited, and flew its first commercial flight in 1947. It was then renamed as Malaysian Airways after the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. In 1966, after Singapore's expulsion from the federation, the airline was renamed Malaysia Singapore Airlines (MSA), before its assets were divided in 1972 to form two separate national airlines - Malaysian Airline System (MAS) and Singapore Airlines.
As with Singapore Airlines; Malaysia Airlines commenced operations on the 1st October 1972.
Malaysia Airlines is the flag carrier of Malaysia and operates flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to 59 destinations throughout Asia, Oceania and Europe.  The company's headquarters are located at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. In August 2014, the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional—which then owned 69.37% of the airline—announced its intention to purchase remaining ownership from minority shareholders and de-list the airline from Malaysia's stock exchange, thereby renationalising the airline.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES B747-4HS  9M-MPB (CN 25699)    (File Photo)

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines lost two aircraft - flight MH 370 9M-MRO - (Kuala Lumpur to Beijing)  disappeared from radar and flight MH 17 9M-MRD  (Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur) was shot down. Prior to 2014, the airline had one of the world's best safety records - just two fatal accidents in 68 years of operation. One of which was the hijacked flight MH 653 9M-MBD in December 1977 when it was operating a domestic flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur.

As of September 2017 the Malaysia Airlines fleet consists of 65 aircraft

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