Launching of a Shariah-compliant Airline in Malaysia

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After having launched shariah-compliant hotels, Malaysia is now having its own shariah-compliant airline. Rayani Air launched its maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi on December 20. The maiden flight took passengers from KLIA 2- the low cost airlines’ terminal- to Langkawi Island in Northern Malaysia. Some 150 passengers were on board of Rahani Air Boeing 737-400.

Managing director Jaafar Zamhari declared to “be satisfied with the performance of the crew. They are trained personnel and some of them have the experience in the aviation industry”.

On board, in-flight meals are strictly halal, with alcohol consumption and pork totally banned while female crew are covered with the hijab while non-Muslim crew are to be decently dressed, managing director Jaafar Zamhari told reporters.

There will also be prayer recitals before take-off. “We are the first Malaysian airline to be shariah-compliant based on guidelines by relevant authorities. We are proud of this,” Jaffar Zamhari was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper. “The shariah-compliant aspects will be refined as time goes by,” he added.

Rayani Air is the fourth airline in the world that imposed application of Shariah compliance after Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Saudi Arabian Airlines and Iran Air.

Rayani Air is certain to find a public especially as Muslim-majority Malaysia has been turning increasingly conservative over the last decade.

The carrier is for now flying only from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and Kota Bharu in Kelantan. However, the airline’s website indicated that the carrier plans also to fly to international destinations. Promotional fares are proposed for the time being from RM49 one way (US$11).

The company is a collaboration between an oil and gas company, Merdeka Jayabumi Enterprise and mining company, Terus Maju Metal.

(Partial source: Bernama)