Malaysia Airlines can't seem to catch a break, as even Air France's nine-day old strike doesn't appear to be sending many passengers its way.
Air France's pilots walked off the job on September 15, grounding about 60 percent of its flights, including my flight from Paris to Singapore last week, which was canceled barely 15 minutes before boarding.
The gate agent was confident the flight would leave as scheduled the next day, saying it was only canceled because a pilot had called in sick and the substitute hadn't had enough rest between flights.
But I was skeptical, especially after standing in line for more than an hour with a mother-daughter pair faced with their third canceled flight in two days. An agent at the baggage claim said this was the current strike's first flight canceled at the last minute.