On March 8, 2014 Malasyia Airlines (MAS)flight MH370 disappeared without a trace. Although there has been much speculation, no one knows for certain what exactly happened to the Boeing 777.
Just over four months later on July 17, 2014, the airline lost another of its triple-sevens, flight MH17 after it was shot down over Ukraine.
In a testament to the resilience and strength of Malaysia Airlines staff, in the dark days and months after these tragedies, the airline continued to fly. Its website continued to take bookings. Ground staff continued to check in passengers and dispatch flights. Pilots still flew its planes. Cabin crew still put on their stunning uniform, packed their crew bags, painted on a smile and headed to the airport.
Today, despite some financial difficulties and re-structuring, MAS is slowly getting back on its feet. Its website is still taking bookings. Time is a great healer. It mends broken hearts, and memories of the initial pain and suffering after the loss of MH17 and MH370, gradually fades.
But there’s still sadness, there’s still emotion and there is still fear. Some crew chose to hang up their wings, too scared and too upset to ever fly again. Those that are still flying do so with a heavy heart, deeply traumatised after losing 21 of their cabin crew colleagues and six pilots, in such a short space of time.
So here, in a tribute to the iconic airline, we not only remember the fallen Malaysia Airlines cabin crew of flights MH370 and MH17, we too remember the crews that are still flying. Those who continue to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.
To our cabin crew and flight deck brothers and sisters at Malaysia Airlines, the thoughts and prayers of your aviation family from around the world are with you.
Malaysia Airlines (MH)
On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-2H6ER (9M-MRO) took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) bound for Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). Onboard were 227 passengers and 12 crew. The disappearance of the jet remains a mystery and despite extensive searches, no wreckage has been found.
Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) on July 17, 2014 bound for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). The aircraft was a Boeing 777-2H6ER (9M-MRD) with 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Contact with the jet was lost at 1415 GMT after the 777 was shot down near the village of Hrabove north of Torez, in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, as it approached the Russian border, there were no survivors.
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