To the core group of MH loyalists, the swap was a betrayal of the worst kind. A sell-out to the very foe they have sacrificed everything to defeat. To many who have spent decades with the airline, it was the realisation of something unthinkable.
Needless to say, morale sank to an all time low. Unions met, tempers flared and options were discussed. And finally, after much painful deliberation and reflection, even the most ardent of MAS loyalists decided that for them, it was over.
And so they have opted to leave. Within the three weeks after the Fernandes-engineered lop-sided share swap was announced, THREE HUNDRED senior cabin crew members threw in the towel and left.