Malaysia Airlines Considers Rebranding, But Will It Survive?

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Malaysia Airlines Considers Rebranding, But Will It Survive?

Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity.

Combine one of the more mysterious plane disappearances in years in MH370 with another flight, MH17, seemingly shot down in the middle of what some consider a war zone, and Malaysia Airlines doesn't have much choice in getting itself away from unwanted attention.

That's why some believe Malaysia Airlines has to stop being Malaysia Airlines.

Sunday the airline's commercial director told The Telegraph the airline is considering renaming and rebranding itself.

HUGH DUNLEAVY: "There are several options on the table, but all involve creating an airline fit for purpose in what is a new era for us, and other airlines."

MICHAEL BOYD, THE BOYD GROUP PRESIDENT told CNN: "They need to do it. They need to do it very quickly. Color schemes need to be different. The name needs to be different. Everything needs to be different. They need a program they can put into place probably within 90 days."

But with inarguably two of the worst disasters of the year attached to its name, others wonder if Malaysia Airlines can survive long enough for a rebirth.

Time points out while the Malaysian government had ambitious plans for the airline and invested heavily in it, the company may now have to deal with fewer passengers, discount ticket prices to keep them or cut out less profitable international flights.

As one Malaysian aviation expert told Time: "It will never get back to the large size it was before. The sooner they accept that fact, the better off they will be."

Despite an exhaustive international search of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's wreckage hasn't been found. It disappeared in March with more than 200 people on board.

And finger pointing continues over the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but it increasingly appears to have been shot down over Ukraine earlier this month by a surface-to-air missile in the embattled country. That crash killed nearly 300.
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