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AirAsia Withdraws Inflight Magazine, Says Sorry

7 April 2014

Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier AirAsia has withdrawn its latest inflight magazine and apologized for an offending article boasting that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane. AirAsia Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun on Saturday expressed “deep regret and remorse,” saying the magazine was printed before the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The article sparked anger on social media after an AirAsia passenger posted a photograph of the text on Twitter late Friday. The last paragraph read: “Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”—AP

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