Malaysia Airlines reports loss, predicts recovery

Malaysia Airlines, confident of becoming profitable, reports quarterly loss

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Malaysia Airlines reports loss, predicts recovery
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Passengers look at Malaysia Airlines' planes from a viewing gallery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday it is on track to become profitable by the end of next year because its business turnaround plan has gained momentum. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday it is on track to become profitable by the end of next year because its business turnaround plan has gained momentum.

The airline nevertheless reported a second straight quarterly loss for the three months through June. The quarterly net loss of 175.2 million ringgit ($53 million) was largely due to foreign exchange fluctuations and was lower than a loss of 349 million ringgit ($106 million) a year earlier.

Operating revenue rose 12 percent to 3.6 billion ringgit ($1.1 billion).

For the first half of 2013, the company's net loss decreased 12.7 percent from the previous year to 454 million ringgit ($138 million).

Chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the company is on track to "build sustainable profit hopefully by the end of 2014."

The airline will announce plans later this year to purchase new planes as it will have to retire more than 40 old aircraft, he said.

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