N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7671 times:
My question to anyone who may know: On the Malaysia Airlines aircraft, there are 3 letters with a little corner shaded in a red triangle (MAS). Does anyone know the significance of that? Does it mean anything special? Malaysian Air System? Could that be it?
JFK998 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7622 times:
The MAS in the red triangle fully stands for Malaysia Airline System, the red triangles are simply to show the letters more clearly than it would be shown with the blue paint. Malaysia Airlines full name (no one uses it though) is Malaysia Airline System-Berhad, Inc.
Chrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1093 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7609 times:
MAS, comes from their official company name, and it used to be in their old livery such as this. You will still see people refering to the airline as MAS as well as the usual MH and now incorrect "Malaysian"
MAS777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7476 times:
Malaysians worldwide still call Malaysia Airlines, 'MAS'.
Locally in Malaysia - 'MAS' was chosen as a colloquiol acronym (which cunningly was also short for 'Malaysian Airline System') as it emulated the word 'Emas' (pronounced - 'er-mas') which in Malay means 'Gold'. Hence MAS' previous and current service models were (and some still are) based around the word 'gold' - eg. Golden Club Class, Golden Lounge, Golden Boutique and its old inflight magazine was called 'Wings of Gold'. Its former slogan was 'Fly the Golden world of MAS' throughout much of the 70s and 80s.
Sceptics have also found other uses for the acronym however as MAS and SIA split into its current existing entities...
'MAS' - 'Mana Ada Sistem' (translates into 'Where is the System') whilst 'SIA' equally was read as 'Sistem Ini Ada' (translating into 'Here is the System').
MAS has however come a long way since the 70s and as a result Malaysians still fondly call it 'MAS'.