Passengers on troubled Malaysia Airlines flights have posted images on social media of empty flights and deserted check-in areas.
The blow comes as a report by American analyst Oliver McGee claims that Malaysia Airlines are operating at a loss of $2.1 million a day.
A photo of a flight posted to Twitter this month by SBS newsreader Ricardo Goncalves shows an almost empty plane with only a handful of passengers.
Picture sent to me of a Malaysia Airlines flight out of Australia today to Asia | pic.twitter.com/3nrsdKIBmg
— Ricardo Goncalves (@BUSINESSricardo) August 15, 2014
Other images have emerged of empty flights and check-in areas, with some bragging about the cheap flights that the airline is currently offering.
At Penang Airport, flying to Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia Airlines check-in line is empty as a Richard Marx concert — malkovichmusic.com (@malkovichmusic) July 25, 2014
Can confirm my mother arrived in KL in one piece after flying Malaysia Airlines. But plane so empty she had three seats to herself in A380 — Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) April 25, 2014
In a bid to win passengers, Malaysia Airlines has almost doubled the commission Australian travel agents earn for selling seats on the airline’s flights. In March, Australian entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan tweeted an image of an empty Malaysia Airlines check-in area, following the MH370 tragedy, writing: “the importance of brand trust & values.”
The airline has denied it is headed for bankruptcy, despite racking up $1 billion AUD in losses in the last three years, according to a Australian Financial Review report.
A sexual assault scandal is the latest disaster for the airline, with a Malaysia Airlines steward detained in Paris for allegedly assaulting an Australian woman during an empty flight.