KUALA LUMPUR: Qatar Airways is the sole foreign company to have sent in a proposal for the takeover of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS).
Sources in the industry said the Middle East airline had the funds to carry out the proposal, even though it was facing several crises in the global arena.
However, one source said the probability of Qatar Airways being the choice of the government was relatively slim due to internal and geopolitical issues.
Qatar Airways country manager of Malaysia and Brunei Muzammil Mohamad, when contacted, declined to comment.
“I’m sorry… I don’t know anything about this. Thank you,” was all he would say.
MAS and Qatar Airways are members of Oneworld, the airline alliance founded in 1999, which records an annual passenger count of 540 million.
Qatar Airways was reported to have brokered the possibility of leaving the alliance several times. Should it do that, then the taking over of MAS would provide it with a solid footing in the Southeast Asian market.