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BRIEF-Malaysian Airline reports Q1 net loss of $54.57 mln
May 22, 2012 / 9:26 AM / 5 years ago

BRIEF-Malaysian Airline reports Q1 net loss of $54.57 mln

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 (Reuters) - Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS) said in a filing to the local stock exchange on Tuesday:

*Q1 ended March 31 showed a loss after tax of 171 million Malaysian ringgit ($54.57 million), 29 percent lower than a net loss of 242 million ringgit the same quarter a year earlier.

* The better performance came despite higher jet fuel price averaging $135 per barrel during the quarter compared to $120 per barrel in the previous year.

* MAS’ chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said: “From these Q1 results, we feel confident of continuing improvements in performance, given that the initiatives from our business plan are bearing fruit.”

*Shares closed 0.97 percent lower on Tuesday to 1.02 ringgit a share, underperforming the Malaysia’s benchmark stock index that ended the day 0.52 percent higher. ($1 = 3.1335 Malaysian ringgit) (Reporting By Yantoultra Ngui; Editing by Niluksi Koswanage)

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