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Preparing satay sticks for Malaysia Airlines' First and Business Class cabins at Brahim's Airline Catering in KL. Picture: Mike Yardley.

Robyn IronsideNews Corp Australia Network

JUST over a year after joining embattled Malaysia Airlines, CEO Christoph Mueller has quit and will leave in September.

The former boss of Aer Lingus has cited “changed personal circumstances” for his request to be released early from a three-year contract.

In a case of unfortunate timing, Malaysia Airlines will tonight unveil its new A330 Business Class suites at a lavish Sydney harbourside function, featuring a performance by Kate Ceberano.

Christoph Mueller has quit as Malaysia Airlines CEO and will leave in September.

Christoph Mueller has quit as Malaysia Airlines CEO and will leave in September.Source:AP

Malaysia Airlines’ chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, said they were very disappointed to lose Mr Mueller, but they understood and respected his reasons.

A search for a new CEO would begin immediately, the chairman said.

The decision comes as Malaysia faces mounting legal action from families bereaved by the twin disasters of MH17 and MH370 in 2014 — before Mr Mueller joined the airline.

In media interviews, Mr Mueller, 54, often complained about the excessive media attention on the incidents, which had cast a perpetual cloud over Malaysia Airlines.

The twin disasters of MH370 and MH17 have cast a permanent cloud over Malaysia Airlines.

The twin disasters of MH370 and MH17 have cast a permanent cloud over Malaysia Airlines.Source:Getty Images

He took particular aim at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for releasing weekly updates about the MH370 search “even when they was nothing to say”.

A number of families of MH370 and MH17 passengers and crew are seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for financial loss and nervous shock as a result of the disasters.

After taking over as CEO in March 2015, Mr Mueller declared Malaysia Airlines “technically bankrupt” with debts of $1.5 billion.

He said the decline had started well before the 2014 tragedies, but remained confident a major restructuring program including 6000 job cuts would return Malaysia Airlines to profitability.

Malaysia Airlines is rolling out new Business Class suites on its A330s.

Malaysia Airlines is rolling out new Business Class suites on its A330s.Source:Supplied

The Malaysian Government pitched in with a $1.9 billion bailout, and the carrier went about consolidating its fleet and refreshing and upgrading cabin interiors.

In a statement released by Malaysia Airlines today, Mr Mueller said the hard work of all employees was “already showing the first signs of success”.

“The airline has been restructured and repositioned to regain its leading position in customer experience and to continue to connect Malaysia with the world,” he said.

“I am confident that the company is now on the right track to succeed in its next phase of growth under a new CEO.”

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