PETALING JAYA: The Group CEO of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Ahmad Jauhari Yahya honoured MAS staff and passengers lost on March 8 last year and thanked all involved in the search and recovery mission.
“We are here today to say ‘Thank You’ for the service of the 13 exceptional members of the Malaysia Airlines family who are not here with us today.
“In remembrance of our 13 friends, we say ‘Thank You’ to their families and loved ones for sharing their lives with us,” said Ahmad Jauhari at a private gathering in remembrance of the 13 employees lost in Flight MH370.
“Please know that we will never ever forget these men and women who we will continue to cherish and honour. We love them. We miss them. And they will always remain in our hearts,” he said during a touching speech at the MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya on Sunday.
“As Group CEO, it has been my honour to serve you, the Malaysia Airlines family, through the good times, and through the challenges and sadness of the past year,” said Ahmad Jauhari.
“I know that nothing that I have shouldered these past three years could be heavier than the pain you feel, waiting for the return of your loved ones. I hope that you know we too feel the sadness. We lost dear friends and colleagues. We miss them. And we remember them today, everyday, always,” he said.
“We know that nothing can replace having your loved ones near, but it is our sincere hope that we have been able to provide some comfort and support, to help you through these difficult times,” said he added.
Ahmad Jauhari also took the opportunity to thank all those who helped during the crisis.
“Whilst MH370 was a most tragic episode for all of us, MH370 also brought out the best in Malaysia Airlines. Watching how the whole organisation came together, united, supported each other as a family in crisis, really amazed me. I was then, and still am till today," he said.
He also thanked volunteers who provided various forms of assistance and made special mention to the caregivers who “took on a most difficult task”.
MAS employess received a personal word of appreciation from Jauhari, who praised their professionalism and spirit of duty during the airline’s most difficult year.
Ahmad Jauhari also thanked the Malaysian Government and international governments who shared their expertise and resources in locating the missing airlines in what he referred to as an “unprecedented international effort”.
“Amidst the difficulties this past year, Malaysia Airlines has continued to fly high. This was made possible because of the strong support of our customers who continue to fly with us, and all Malaysians, from all walks of life, from near and far, who rallied in solidarity in support of our national airline. We thank you,” he said.
The search for the aircraft is ongoing and work in the designated zone is expected to be completed in May.
On Jan 29, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) declared the disappearance an accident.
Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
The plane is believed to have ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.