Blue skies, indeed. Like most Malaysians, I hope the RM7m profit posted by Malaysia Airlines is a sign of better times in store not just for the carrier but also for the economy in general.
I was a late flyer but my first was with the national carrier, in 1986, and in the two decades as a frequent flyer very few airlines have come close to Malaysia Airlines in terms of service. And then came the hard times. I was there at the Business Times frontlines when the airline, then under Tan Sri Aziz Abdul Rahman, faced its first crisis after the union strike of the 70s. Since then it never did get out of its "Bay of Bengal". Looking back, you cannot help but admit that the carrier had done better under the bereaucrats than it has since the so-called entrepreneurs and corporate whizz-kids took over.
I hear that Airod, the country's premier aircraft MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) company, is also flying into another patch. Sources said Airod has been "Sold" to a company linked to a emerging transport monster.
This giant company has already a powerful grip on major road and rail projects in the country.