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Outgoing Malaysia Air Chief Defends Cuts, Mulls Final Jet Order

  • Mueller says his successor must stick with recovery strategy
  • Last act may be long-haul narrow-body deal, with A321 leading

Malaysia Airlines Bhd. Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller, midway through a six-month notice period following his surprise resignation in April, said the company should resist unwinding a turnaround strategy that’s cut 6,000 jobs and reduced capacity by almost a third.

The Asian carrier is ahead of schedule with its restructuring, having reached break even recently, putting it on course for a full-year profit in 2018 as targeted, if not earlier, Mueller, who leaves in September, said in an interview.