These Photos Show Just How Bad Business Is Right Now For Malaysia Airlines
After suffering two horrific air tragedies this year, Malaysia Airlines is having trouble filling its flights.
Photos on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites are showing nearly empty flights, waiting areas, and check-in lines for the embattled airline.
Leanne Marotta, who flew Malaysia from Melbourne, Australia to Kuala Lumpur on August 14th, posted the above photo. She says there were approximately 60 people aboard the flight.
In light of the current troubles, it appears that the airline will soon be taken private, paving the way for a complete overhaul. While the dual disasters have wrecked the brand, Malaysia Airlines has been struggling for years as budget airlines in Asia and the Middle East have upped the competition and squeezed profit margins.
While its not definitive what shape the overhaul may take, the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the airline could cut 3,000-4,000 jobs, replace its CEO, and cut numerous routes. Between its cost-cutting efforts and a possible rebranding as a "premium airline," instead of a full-service airline, Malaysia is trying everything to avoid going under.