Malaysia bars Rayani Air flights for strict Islamic practices and security slips

Published on : Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rayani AirRayani Air has been stopped from flying as a commercial airline in Malaysia owing to its breech in aviation regulation.



The airline  served halal food on board and did not serve alcohol. The flight was also known for its long delays and last minute cancellations. Pilots were tired of unpaid wages and went on strike. There were strict rules for Muslim flight crew who had to wear hijab and the non-Muslim members were required to wear modest clothing.



The flight was based in Langkawi and flew to the county’s capital Kuala Lumpur and to the northern city of Kota Bahru. It had planned to schedule flights to Mecca for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.



Safety and security were greatly compromised and DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, he said that this was the paramount reason for stopping all operations of the airline.



Malaysia is extremely cautious over safety and security specially after the disaster in 2014 when MH370 disappeared in March with all 239 passengers and 12 crew members. Again flight MH17 which was shot in Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.



Rayani Air founder, Ravi Alagendrran said: “The revocations came at the peak of our negotiations with investors for the acquisition of equity in Rayani Air on realisation that the present owners and their management are no longer fit to revive the airline.”


He added the “qualified and strong management team” of its new investors would revive and manage the airline “much better than us”.



He also feels that the airline needed to cater to all segments of travellers and supports the alcohol free environment in the airline.

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