Hindu couple starts Malaysia’s first ‘Islamic’ Airline

Flying while halal On Sunday, Malaysia’s first Islamic Airline made inaugural domestic flight. It hopes to include international routes next year.

The newly established Rayani Air, modeled on Iranian airline, wouldn’t serve alcohol on flight, and all food and snacks served on flight would be Halal (kosher).

All the female cabin crew wear Hijab and non-Muslims are required to wear descent (modest) uniforms according to Islamic Shari’ah.

The passengers are not allowed to travel in bikinis or shorts.

The Rayani Air is launched by an ethnic Indian Hindu couple Ravi Alagendrran and his wife Karthiyani Govindan.

Ravi said the airline had hired 350 staff including eight pilots and 50 cabin crew and would fly five times a week between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, at a distance of some 410 kilometers.

Operations will be expanded to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu next year. International flights to Indonesia and the Philippines will be added at a later date,” he said.

Rayani Air’s fleet has two Boeing 737-400 aircraft with a capacity of 188 passengers each. The airliner operated its inaugural flight on Sunday.

Last year, Malaysia suffered three airline tragedies as result of the US-Russia war in Ukraine.

Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country with Malayan Muslims constituting about 60% followed by Chinese and Indian minorities within country’s 30 million people (here, here).


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