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Tony Fernandes In High Spirits Over MAS Newly-Appointed CEO

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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.

“Mueller 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,” 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 taxpayers’ and Khazanah’s support”.

“MAS 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.

“The management should focus on its market and price accordingly,” he told Business Times.MYNEWSHUB

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