MAB is in solidarity by adding employees to prepare for air travel.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) projects the return of strong growth in its business and operations will run smoothly and face no labor shortages after the cross-border permit which took effect on October 11.
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Marketing Officer and Customer Experience, Lau Yin May said MAB was in solidarity with retaining employees to prepare for the return of air travel despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have expected to face a manpower shortage and are always ready for our service requests to return, we can’t train employees in a short time, it takes time” said Lau Yin.
“During the pandemic, most airlines did not want to retain employees. This is not an easy task but we are happy to be able to help our employees,” he said after the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MAB and SEG International Group Sdn Bhd. (SEGI).
Looking back, thousands of workers in the global aviation industry were laid off due to financial problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some even chose to quit their jobs.
Commercial airlines in developed countries such as the UK and the US are currently struggling to cope with the increase in air passenger traffic despite a shortage of pilots.
MAB currently employs approximately 11,000 employees including 1,049 pilots and 2,034 cabin crew.
In the MoU, Lau said it would complement MAB and SEGi’s business strategy to develop the best talent globally.
“As a national airline, our role is more than just providing services but also recognizing to provide opportunities for future talent (skilled workforce) and building channels for innovators who serve the aviation or tourism industry,” he said.
The MoU focuses on a broad range of initiatives including student internships and placements, visits, co-organization of events, development of a mixed academic agenda, joint research activities as well as marketing and promotion activities.
SEGi students will benefit from the airline’s digital student adventure programs including MHexplorer such as 30 percent flight discounts for all destinations, 10 kg of check-in baggage and the reward of Enrich points for tuition fees.