Introducing Rayani Air, Malaysia's first Sharia-compliant airline
The airline serves halal food, does not serve alcohol, and there are prayers prior to departure. (Twitter)
Malaysia's first sharia-compliant airline made its inaugural domestic flight over the weekend and it hopes to include international routes next year, a senior airline official said Tuesday.
Rayani Air will initially serve the domestic routes in the predominantly Muslim northern states of Kedah and Kelantan, as well as the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak, managing director Jaafar Zamhari.
The airline does not allow alcohol consumption in its flights and serves only halal food, Jaafar said.
Sharia is Islamic law based on the teachings of the Koran, and governs many day-to-day practices for observant Muslims.
"It is compulsory for our Muslim women cabin crew to wear hijab and for non-Muslim to wear a decent uniform," he told dpa by telephone.
Jaafar added there are also prayers and recitals before each flight departs.
The new airline has 355 employees which includes 8 pilots and 50 cabin crew.
Rayani Air's fleet consists of two Boeing 737-400 aircraft, he added.
The airline plans to expand its network in Asia next year and it is also planning to introduce destinations to the Middle East for Umrah and Haj.
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