Malaysia Airlines seeks aid from its shareholder

Malaysia Airlines is seeking to restructure after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to slash operations.
Malaysia Airlines is seeking to restructure after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to slash operations.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia Airlines' parent company has sought financial aid from its sole shareholder, the nation's sovereign wealth fund, as debt restructuring talks with creditors drag on, the company said yesterday.

"Malaysia Aviation Group has requested financial support from our shareholder Khazanah Nasional although the company isn't in a position to comment on amount at this point in time," it said in an e-mail to Reuters.

The group said it remains in talks for a restructuring and that it was targeting a commercial agreement in the first week of next month.

The airline could be seeking as much as US$500 million (S$672 million), said Malaysia's The Edge weekly, which first reported the news, citing unnamed sources.

Khazanah said any funding for the airline will depend on the outcome of discussions with creditors and lessors, which it said is crucial to the success of the restructuring.

Malaysia Airlines is seeking to restructure after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to slash operations.

The parent company had warned leasing companies that Khazanah would stop funding the group and force it into a winding-down process if restructuring talks with lessors were unsuccessful, Reuters reported last month.

The carrier restructured after two deadly crashes in 2014, with Khazanah pumping in RM6 billion (S$2 billion).

This time, the government has said it will not bail out the struggling company.

The airline's chief executive Izham Ismail told staff in a memo last month that the restructuring talks were taking longer than planned.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 22, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysia Airlines seeks aid from its shareholder'. Print Edition | Subscribe