Malaysian mogul Tony Fernandes, who transformed a floundering carrier into Asia's biggest budget airline, faces his first major crisis after an AirAsia plane went missing Sunday with 162 people on board.
More than 290 days have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar, one hour into a journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
In the days leading up to Christmas, more than 30 relatives of passengers on the flight gathered in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, demanding the government pressure the Malaysian authorities for more information on the search.
Hundreds of passengers were trapped on a burning car ferry off Greece on Sunday, pleading to be rescued by a flotilla of nearby ships that battled storm conditions in open water to try to reach them.
Anxious relatives gathered at Surabaya airport in Indonesia and Changi International in Singapore Sunday to await news of their loved ones as rescuers scoured the Java Sea for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which went missing in bad weather en route to Singapore.