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Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia has today withdrawn its latest inflight magazine and apologized for an offending article boasting that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane. AirAsia Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun expressed "deep regret and remorse," saying the latest issue of "travel 3Sixty" magazine was printed before the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people disappeared March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Mr Kamarudin said the article was a monthly aviation column prepared well in advance by a retired pilot, who had worked for both AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. "This is a truly difficult time for the nation and words cannot describe how I personally feel of this incident," Mr Kamarudin said in a statement.