Malaysia Airlines put out a super-awkward statement to mark Sunday’s one-year anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370 — awkward in that the only statement issued didn’t mention the 227 passengers who vanished that day:
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has held a private gathering to remember the 13 employees lost when flight MH370 disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur one year ago today. The event at the Malaysia Airlines Academy, Kelana Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, was attended by MAS employees and family members of those employees lost.
The gathering of the MAS family was led by Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, and Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. They were joined by members of the Board of Directors and members of staff across all divisions of the company.
Tan Sri Md Nor opened the get together and honoured the memory of those lost. “Today we acknowledge the reality of our shared loss and remember 13 dear friends and colleagues who left us when MH370 disappeared one year ago,” he said. “We love them. We miss them and we will never forget them. They will always remain in our hearts.”
Ahmad Jauhari paid tribute to the dedication of the airline’s employees; for their tireless efforts and their enduring support to the airline and the families of the passengers. “Whilst MH370 was tragic for all of us, it also brought out the best in Malaysia Airlines,” he said. “Watching how the whole organisation came together, united, supported each other as a family in crisis, really amazed me. I am deeply honoured and touched by the spirit of volunteerism by everyone who came forward offering to help in any way you could.”
He gave special thanks to those who volunteered to provide caregiving assistance and support for families of passengers and crew. The Government of Malaysia and all those supporting the international search effort were also recognised.
Malaysia Airlines will never ever forget our 13 wonderful dear friends and colleagues. The search for answers continues.
The families who received text messages on March 24, 2014, stating “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none on board survived” would likely disagree that the tragedy brought out the best in the airline.