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Bellew steps up to replace Mueller at Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines jets at line up at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Peter Bellew, Malaysia Airlines'new Irish chief executive, said a recovery plan remains on track despite the early departure of his predecessor, German airline turnaround specialist Christoph Mueller, after only slightly over one year.

Peter Bellew became the second chief executive of both Malaysia Aviation Group and Malaysia Airlines in a little over a year when he replaced Christoph Mueller on July 1.

Bellew said an immediate focus will be on airport costs. Cheaper leisure flights will be launched from Kuala Lumpur International Airport's second terminal, KLIA2, in 2017, where charges are 33 ringgit ($8.25) per passenger lower (or 5,412 ringgit per flight).

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