Malaysia Airlines to provide pilgrimage charter flights for next 3 years

Malaysia Airlines Bhd has agreed to provide pilgrimage charter flights to Malaysian pilgrims for the next three years.

The national carrier's special charter service for pilgrimage and umrah pilgrims, Amal, has been tasked to arrange safe and smooth flights for pilgrims to fulfill their religious obligations.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said Amal would provide direct flights to 50 per cent of haj pilgrims from Malaysia from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.

"Amal will deploy the A330-300 aircraft that is equipped with 284 seats to provide the best and comfortable flight services to pilgrims.

"The onboard services include talbiyah (pre-Umrah/Hajj prayer), doa musafir (special prayer for pilgrims), azan (call of prayer), tazkirah and miqat announcement to offer pilgrims a wholesome experience," he said, in a joint press statement with Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH - A financial government body dedicated for pilgrimage)  today.

Earlier today, TH executive director Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman and Amal's chief operating officer Muhammad Najmi Mansor signed the charter flight agreement at Akademi MAB in Kelana Jaya.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by TH group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin and Izham.

Amrin said TH decided to appoint Malaysia Airlines as the haj charter flights provider from 2022 to 2024 due to Amal's vast experience and excellent record in the service.

A total of 14,306 Malaysians are expected to make their way to Makkah this year to perform the haj, which is the fifth pillar of Islam. The first haj flight is slated to depart on June 4.

Source: New Strait Times

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