Dear Malaysia Airlines ,
Even though you no longer fly out of the United States or Canada , I miss you and wish you would fly here again .
Or at least out of JFK , because it seems like every airline and their mama flies out of that airport .
I don’t think that I’m the only one who feels that way .
I know that a lot of people have a negative opinion of Malaysia Airlines , but please don’t count me as one of them .
I cried when those two planes went down all those years ago .
I thought about my ex coworkers and other Malaysia Airlines Reservations Sales Agents around the world who might have made reservations for all those passengers on both of those planes.
I cried even more.
For seven years , your office in El Segundo , California , a city near Los Angeles , was the place that paid my rent and allowed me to go on all those 30 Plus Teams Tours , even though I didn’t call them that name then.
When I lost my job at Delta Airlines , it was your airline that accepted me as an employee even though I knew NOTHING about your airline and I didn’t have a clue where Malaysia was , let alone ever hearing about the country or locating it on a map .
I quickly learned about the country , your customs , your food , ( which is wicked good ) and how friendly the Malaysian people are .
Even though they do speak English , I tried to learn the basic words in the native language , Bahasa Malay.
I never had a passport or even traveled to Asia until that day that my supervisor came up to me and told me to get one asap “because you’re going to Kuala Lumpur for training . ”
Thank you , Malaysia Airlines for getting to ride on your planes and experiencing the cabin crew that was voted the best in the world at that time and what it means to to take a long haul flight.
Los Angeles to KL with a stop in Taipei , Taiwan 18 hours.
Yikes ! !
But I did get three meals and free drinks , not to mention those hot scented towels that were passed around by the flight attendants .
I think I can get used to this .
Thank you for not only my first visit to KL but for the many other visits to Penang, Singapore , Brisbane , Sydney and even London that I took between the years of 2000-2007.
Our office was really diversified , even way before that was fashionable .
There were people of all races, religions , and ethnicities
working in the office , and I’m not going to lie.
We got along better than any job that I ever worked at.
Maybe we reflecting the values of the country even though we were in the United States or maybe because by and large we enjoyed doing what we were paid to do .
Now that I’m retired , I will never forget the happy and sad times working at Malaysia Airlines .
I thank you for allowing me to work for what I will always consider to be the best company and job that I ever had .
TERIMAH KASI , MALAYSIA AIRLINES !
Joanie from your Los Angeles office