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Red-faced withdrawal over ‘planes never get lost’ claim

April 7, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59In an embarrassing turnaround, Malaysia-based carrier AirAsia has withdrawn its latest inflight magazine over an article that boasted the airline’s well-trained pilots would never lose a plane.

The offending article said: “Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”AirAsia mag

The article was printed in the latest issue of ‘travel 3Sixty’, AirAsia’s in-flight  magazine. As Southeast Asia’s major budget carrier, AirAsia competes with state-owned Malaysia Airlines. AirAsia’s executive chairman Kamarudin Meranun expressed “deep regret and remorse” over the article, the Bangkok Post reported.

While the article might be rather embarrassing, AirAsia appears to have an ironclad excuse: the article was written and printed well before Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March.

Kamarudin said the article was a monthly aviation column prepared in advance by a retired pilot who had worked for both AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.

Not understanding that aspect, Twitter users reacted angrily after an AirAsia passenger posted a photograph of the text on the social media outlet.

Written by Peter Needham

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