Despite being hit by the worst disaster in its forty one-year history when a Boeing 777-200ER jet en route to Beijing disappeared from radar on Saturday, Malaysia Airlines said it won't ground the remaining 14-strong B777 fleet.
Replying to questions from CNBC at a Sunday press conference, MAS chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said he remained "very confident" of the "despatch ability and reliability" of the Boeing 777-200 fleet.
Jauhari echoed earlier remarks from Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's Director General of Civil Aviation, who said his department hasn't issued any order to MAS to stop flying the jets despite the incident. The search for the missing aircraft, which disappeared from radar in the small hours of Saturday morning, entered its second day Sunday and now involves at least six nations.
Aviation experts told CNBC that because MAS had not yet found any debris - or the black box flight recorder - they could not reconstruct the plane, determine exactly went wrong and establish a reasonable case to ground the B777 fleet.