Shariah-compliant Malaysia airline takes off with Islamic prayers

A domestic flight from Malaysia''s Kaula Lumpur took off on Wednesday with a recital of Islamic prayers, a media report said.
Shariah-compliant Malaysia airline takes off with Islamic prayers
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A domestic flight from Malaysia's Kaula Lumpur took off on Wednesday with a recital of Islamic prayers, a media report said.

The passengers cupped their hands, as a crew member recited the prayer over the loudspeaker just before take off, Dawn.com reported.

This was the first Islamic airline from Malaysia–Rayani Air–offer flights that adheres to Islamic rules, including prayers, no serving of alcohol or meals with pork, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants, the report said.

"The idea for Rayani Air grew out of much-publicised complaints by conservative Muslims who believed that two major air disasters for the national Malaysia Airlines ─ Flight 370 that went missing in March 2014 and Flight 17 downed a few months later over Ukraine were divine retribution," the report added. 

"We are answering the call of many Malaysians who wanted an Islamic airline," Rayani's managing director, Jaafar Zamhari, was quoted as saying.

"We are not talking about being a holy airline or flying to holy destinations. We just want to provide an alternative to travellers, but we are open to all races and religions."

The founders of the airline, which currently flies to three domestic destinations using two Boeing 737s, are Ravi Alagendrran and his wife, Karthiyani Govindan.

They used parts of their first names for the airline's name.

According to the report, Rayani Air is the fourth Islamic airline in the world after Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Iran Air.

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