Why Malaysia Airlines can and will survive

National support, Khazanah's backing, maybe even AirAsia

MH370 remains a tragic mystery. MH17 is just tragic. A passenger jet flying an approved route at an approved height apparently shot down by a missile. It could have been one of a number of airlines but it was Malaysian.

After two catastrophic events within a little more than four months, the question is how can MAS (Malaysian Airline System) - can any airline - recover from that sort of event.

I think it can and it will, for two reasons. One is an upsurge in national support for the airline. An overwhelming number of Malaysians I spoke to in Kuala Lumpur in the days following the destruction of MH17 said they had no hesitation flying with MAS; in fact, many thought it was now their duty to support...

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