Kuala Lumpur - Struggling Malaysia Airlines sent termination letters to its 20 000 employees on Monday as it changes into a new company in a bid to turn around the beleaguered national carrier.
While most of the employees will be rehired, 6 000 of them will not be taken back on, as the company struggles to cut costs.
"I have received a termination letter and an invitation to rejoin the new company," a ground engineer told dpa by telephone. "I am studying my options."
Chief executive Christoph Mueller said the 14,000 employees who were asked to rejoin will be given 12 days to decide.
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"I am sad that we will have to let go of 6 000 people," Mueller said.
Malaysia Airlines suffered two deadly tragedies last year, which hit the already loss-making airline hard.
On March 8, Beijing-bound flight MH370 disappeared one hour after take off from Kuala Lumpur, and was presumed to have crashed into the sea. On July 17, flight MH17 from Amsterdam was shot down and crashed over eastern Ukraine.