As we write this today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those shot down aboard MH17 this morning over Ukraine. It is a terrible tragedy and sad loss of life from many countries including Australia, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Malaysia Germany, Belgium, and the Philippines.
The latest reports at the time of writing is that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was possibly shot down with a surface to air missile by pro-Russian rebels over eastern Ukraine. 298 innocent souls lost their lives on what should have been a very routine flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on one of the safest long-haul aircraft in the world, a Boeing 777.
While this shocking loss of life is apparently no fault of Malaysia Airlines, the fact that it has occurred so relatively close to the loss of MH 370, is going to hit the airline very hard. Any event like this immediately impacts airlines and we fear that this will be no different. Many travellers who may have ordinarily booked with MA, will no doubt be feeling unsure about such plans now in light of today’s total loss of life.
Having travelled with MA from Australia to the UK, we can only reassure folks that we could not fault their customer service there or back. All staff were fantastic from beginning to end. And as stated previously, the Boeing 777 is one of the safest aircraft flying around the world today, and is used by many airlines globally, not just by MA.
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I am sure that following today’s incident, all airlines will be reviewing their flight paths, so as to avoid war zones or such ‘hot spots’ in the future to try and prevent any more tragedies of this nature occurring.
We have no doubt that many people going on holidays will be seriously reviewing their future travel plans. We can only hope that the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of MH370, and the shooting down of MH17 can quickly be resolved, allowing MA to remain viable. We also hope that in time the travelling public can once again feel secure flying with what is one of the best airlines in the world today.
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with all families and friends, and all nations around the world who lost people today in this horrific act of terrorism. And we hope the world can finally come together as one to bring those responsible to justice.
Living each adventure,
Trev and Chris Barre