Malaysia Airlines loses another CEO, might resume MH370 search

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Peter Bellew, who joined the airliner in 2015 as chief operating officer and became CEO in 2016, unexpectedly said that he will leave his post and return to Ryanair where he previously worked. According to Bloomberg News, Bellew will take over responsibility for all of Ryanair’s flight operations, ground operations and engineering.

Bellow is the second non-Malaysian CEO the troubled airline lost in the past few years. Before Bellew, Christoph Mueller, who joined from Air Lingus, quit the post after a year in June 2016 out of “frustration over political meddling.”

There is no announcement as of yet who would succeed Bellew at Malaysia Airlines.

Bellew will rejoin Ryanair from December 1. He is said to take over from chief operating officer Michael Hickey, who is leaving at the end of this month after almost three decades at the airline amid a rostering mess-up led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines said it is thinking about resuming the search for missing aircraft MH370, although it made clear not to be in a rush to do so. Three private companies have already offered to continue the abandoned search for the plane, but Malaysia says no decision has been made on whether they will be given the go ahead.

There was an offer by US company Ocean Infinity which is believed to be favoured by the Malaysian government after a two-year search failed to find any wreckage.

“We are in a constructive ­dialogue with the relevant authorities and are hopeful that the offer will be accepted,” company spokesman Mark Antelme said.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were also received from Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company, adding there will be detailed discussions before any decision would be made.

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Peter Bellew, who joined the airliner in 2015 as chief operating officer and became CEO in 2016, unexpectedly said that he will leave his post and return to Ryanair where he previously worked. According to Bloomberg News, Bellew will take over responsibility for all of Ryanair’s flight operations, ground operations and engineering.

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Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Peter Bellew, who joined the airliner in 2015 as chief operating officer and became CEO in 2016, unexpectedly said that he will leave his post and return to Ryanair where he previously worked. According to Bloomberg News, Bellew will take over responsibility for all of Ryanair’s flight operations, ground operations and engineering.

Bellow is the second non-Malaysian CEO the troubled airline lost in the past few years. Before Bellew, Christoph Mueller, who joined from Air Lingus, quit the post after a year in June 2016 out of “frustration over political meddling.”

There is no announcement as of yet who would succeed Bellew at Malaysia Airlines.

Bellew will rejoin Ryanair from December 1. He is said to take over from chief operating officer Michael Hickey, who is leaving at the end of this month after almost three decades at the airline amid a rostering mess-up led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines said it is thinking about resuming the search for missing aircraft MH370, although it made clear not to be in a rush to do so. Three private companies have already offered to continue the abandoned search for the plane, but Malaysia says no decision has been made on whether they will be given the go ahead.

There was an offer by US company Ocean Infinity which is believed to be favoured by the Malaysian government after a two-year search failed to find any wreckage.

“We are in a constructive ­dialogue with the relevant authorities and are hopeful that the offer will be accepted,” company spokesman Mark Antelme said.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said proposals were also received from Dutch firm Fugro and an unidentified Malaysian company, adding there will be detailed discussions before any decision would be made.

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