It may only be a tweak, but it means a lot.

“This is a start of a new beginning,” said Chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof on today’s renaming of Malaysia Airline System (MAS) to Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).

This is the latest stage in a process started last August when the  Malaysian Government resumed total ownership of the carrier, removing it from the country’s stock exchange.

The move followed two notorious aviation disasters in 2014 and years of dire financial performance.

A new CEO, Christoph Mueller, was also appointed to overhaul the troubled airline, which last week received an Air Operating Certificate under the new name.

Mr Mueller declared the AOC as a “very important milestone”.

YB Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, agreed.

“This is an important milestone in the evolution of Malaysia’s national airline,” he said.

“The government of Malaysia is committed to ensure that the rejuvenated Malaysia Airlines will take off on a strong note.

“We hope to see more progress driven by the new entity especially in terms of service levels.”

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