After the year that Malaysian Airlines has had, there is no doubt business is suffering.
Malaysia’s national airliner is having severe trouble filling its flights. Photos shared by people online give a glimpse of the sad state of affairs:
Can confirm my mother arrived in KL in one piece after flying Malaysia Airlines. But plane so empty she had three seats to herself in A380— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) April 25, 2014
Leanne Marotta, a passenger shared her experience: "I remember clearly asking the gentleman when checking in at around 5:30 (a.m.) at MEL why there was no one at check-in."
"He basically told me that it was because it was early in the morning but I have never seen so few people around when checking in. There was absolutely no waiting time to do this."
“…After our meal (breakfast) the flight crew advised us to take any seats we wanted so people opened all blankets etc and lay down on any of the four seats they could find," she added.
The New York Post calls these flights “mile-high ghost towns” and no one can blame them.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the airline may have to cut down jobs, shuffle the hierarchy and cut down some of their routes.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s words also indicate such changes: "We believe our national carrier must be renewed. This means wholesale change, to deliver a wholly different outcome." He spoke of "painful steps and sacrifices from all parties," adding, "Only through a complete overhaul of the company can we deliver a genuinely strong and sustainable national carrier…. Piecemeal changes will not work."