Tony Fernandes, speaking on the sidelines of the RISE technology conference in Hong Kong, says he is “focused on AirAsia”. Photo: Bloomberg

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes says no to any involvement with ailing Malaysia Airlines

  • The chief executive says he is focused on growing the budget airline he co-founded rather than any attempt to rescue the loss-making national carrier
  • But he has welcomed Malaysia Airlines’ recent tie-up with Singapore Airlines, saying the partnership will help improve AirAsia
Topic |   Malaysia

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Tony Fernandes, speaking on the sidelines of the RISE technology conference in Hong Kong, says he is “focused on AirAsia”. Photo: Bloomberg
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They were once a single carrier, but now Malaysia Airlines struggles to stay afloat while Singapore Airlines remains highly profitable, revealing how starkly their fortunes have diverged. Photo: AFP

Does the Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines partnership clear the runway for a future merger?

  • Malaysia’s struggling flagship carrier has unexpectedly agreed to explore a partnership with its fierce Singaporean competitor
  • While there has been resistance against a future merger on grounds of national pride, some analysts say such an alliance makes good business sense
Topic |   Malaysia

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They were once a single carrier, but now Malaysia Airlines struggles to stay afloat while Singapore Airlines remains highly profitable, revealing how starkly their fortunes have diverged. Photo: AFP
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