No matter how carefully today’s restructuring briefing by Malaysia Airlines is gone over, there is much that remains uncertain.
Including its future naming and branding, the full extent of route and frequency changes, and the changes that will come to the fleet.
Anyone sensitive to the misery and anger that the loss of MH370 caused might have had their gag reflex tested.
Talking about new flat beds here, and improved club rooms there is seriously inappropriate when the fundamentals as to how and why 239 people died on 8 March 2014 in the disappearance of a 777 on its way between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing remain not just unknown but subject to an incoherent and inconsistent narrative by Malaysia’s authorities.
It is true the new management under chief executive Christoph Mueller has to say something. It is true he has to restructure the carrier. And it is reassuring to hear that the Australian routes are very important to the new Malaysia Airlines that will be ready to transcend the current ‘technically bankrupt’ version by September.
But let’s cut the guff about how good it will be until that rotten nasty deep seated stench of a baffling disaster is dispelled by some much needed candid, consistent and verifiable disclosures about MH370 in particular.
This is said without wishing to diminish or forget the loss of 298 lives aboard MH17, four months later than MH370, under such brutal circumstances as a mid air explosion by a missile deliberately fired with a view to destroying an aircraft in Ukraine airspace, even if it is shown that a civilian airliner wasn’t intended to be the target of hostilities in that country.
Why should those who need to fly between Malaysia and Australia even begin to trust the new MH when we can’t even get our heads around the enormity of what has happened since early last year?
Until that happens, nothing that purports to be a national carrier taking over the role of Malaysia Airlines can escape from the past.
We don’t want clap trap about flat beds, nor lounges, nor other promises of a new beginning, until we have some truth about the past.