New Delhi, Dec 30: In a chilling reminder that there is nothing above destiny, AirAsia's claims in April that "its planes never get lost" was snubbed brutally when one of its planes QZ8501 went missing on Sunday with 162 people onboard.
The article had appeared in its in-flight magazine, just a few days after the MH370 tragedy which is assumed to have got lost with 239 passengers. The message that appeared in the magazine was,"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."
Following this, there was a global outrage when AirAsia apologised saying that the article had gone for print weeks before the tragedy.
"It truly saddens me that this article was released at such an inopportune moment," AirAsia Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun had said.Tony Fernandes, the AirAsia CEO, too had apologised: "As soon as we were informed on Twitter, we withdrew. Once again,apologies," he tweeted.
In a similar way, the Malaysian Airlines in September was forced to apologise after an advertisement campaign "My Ultimate Bucket List Contest" emerged just days after its MH 17 flight was brought down. "Bucket List" is a term that refers to things a person wants to do before his death. The campaign offered passengers free flights to Australia and New Zealand, requesting them to name their bucket list destinations.