Monday, April 11, 2016
Malaysian Sharia-compliant Rayani Air grounded for failing to follow aviation rules.
Malaysian Sharia-compliant Rayani Air grounded for failing to follow aviation rules. (AN).
Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) suspended the country’s first Sharia-compliant airline company.
"Rayani Air has been suspended for three months," said DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman because "They contravened civil aviation regulations.
Launched in December 2015, the company requires Muslim flight crewmembers to wear the hijab whilst non-Muslim crew are forbidden from wearing revealing clothing.
In-flight meals are completely halal and alcohol consumption is strictly banned.
In recent weeks, however, the carrier, which operates two Boeing 737-400s, has drawn increasing criticism from passengers and the government due to last-minute delays and cancellations. Its pilots have also gone on strike, further damaging its image.
The company on Monday said in a Facebook post that it was working hard to "to solve our internal matters and get Rayani back on track".
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai tweeted on Saturday that the DCA would conduct a safety audit before allowing the airline to fly again.
The "DCA will undertake a full administration and safety audit to determine if Rayani is 'fit' for AOC (aviation operating certificate) after serving provisional suspension," he wrote.
Liow also expressed disappointment at Rayani's conduct despite previous warnings over "poor procedures and service level".