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Malaysia Airlines restructuring talks prolonged, group CEO tells staff

TheEdge Sat, Oct 17, 2020 07:10pm - 1 week ago

SINGAPORE (Oct 17): Malaysia Airlines Bhd's parent firm is still holding negotiations with lessors and creditors over a restructuring plan to keep the airline afloat, but the talks are taking "longer than expected", according to a staff memo seen by Reuters.

"The negotiations are still ongoing and taking longer than the planned timeline, but we are gaining encouraging traction from lessors and creditors thus far," Captain Izham Ismail, the group chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysia Airlines and group CEO of parent firm Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), said in a memo to staff yesterday.

In response to a Reuters query, MAG, owned by state fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd, said in an email today that it is "continuing discussions with creditors on its ongoing restructuring exercise".

Malaysia's national airline is seeking to restructure its business after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to slash its operations.

Reuters reported last week that a group of lessors had rejected the restructuring plan that involved steep discounts, bringing the carrier closer to a showdown over its future.

In the memo to staff, Ismail assured them that MAG's restructuring exercise "is still work in progress".


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