MALAYSIA AIRLINES LEFT RIDERS STRANDED

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screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-2-09-09-pmMalaysian riders Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali and Mohd Haziq Fairues endured a hellish journey from Kuala Lumpur to New Delhi where they were headed for Round 5 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit. What was supposed to be a five hour flight turned into an endless journey of delays and reroutes.

Both riders were booked on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 0190 scheduled to depart from KLIA at 6.25pm on Tuesday, September 27.

“When we arrived at the KLIA on Tuesday to check in, we were surprised to be informed at the counter that the flight was overbooked. Haziq and I, along with 10 of our team engineers and mechanics, were shunted into a Malaysian Airlines flight to Bangkok where we were supposed to catch a connecting Thai Airways flight to Delhi,” said Fitri who races for team Yamaha Racing in the SuperSports 600cc class.

“Unfortunately, the coordination by Malaysia Airlines on our behalf with their One World alliance members were less than ideal. When we arrived in Bangkok, we were informed by Thai Airways that they only had four seats for us. Of course, our team members all elected to stay together. The Malaysia Airlines officials in Bangkok then informed us that they have booked us for a separate flight via Jet Airways scheduled to depart on Wednesday morning. When we returned to the Bangkok Airport, Jet Airways refused to accept our tickets, leaving us no choice but to accept seats from Thai Airways in the afternoon,” Fitri told of his ordeal.

“By the time we arrived in New Delhi, we had been on the road for more than 24 hours. The entire team is tired and stressed. This is not a good way for either of us to start a weekend of tough competition,” Haziq chipped in. Haziq races for team UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor in the Underbone 130cc.