AirAsia group’s prime mover Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is confident that the CEO of Malaysia Airlines, Christoph Mueller, could turn around the national carrier out of its present troubles.
â€œMueller has done good for Aer Lingus. He knows what are the strategies required to make a full-fare airline work. I think the appointment is great,â€ Business Times quoted him as saying.
Mueller, whose contract with Ireland’s Aer Lingus ends on May 1 next year, was named last week as the CEO-designate of newly established MAS NewCo, the company which is set to take over MAS operations under a major revival plan announced by Khazanah Nasional.
Fernandes said he believed that under Mueller, MAS would return to profitability and “like AirAsia, can stand on its own without taxpayersâ€™ and Khazanahâ€™s support”.
â€œMAS can become profitable. It is a good brand and has a great market. I think Khazanah Nasional Bhd is very serious about making MAS profitable and is putting a lot of work into it.
â€œThe management should focus on its market and price accordingly,” he told Business Times.MYNEWSHUB