Malaysia Airlines set to transport over 15,000 Malaysian pilgrims for 2018 Haj season

AYISY YUSOF

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) is set to transport over 15,000 Malaysian pilgrims for this year’s Haj season with the first flight scheduled to depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for Jeddah and Madinah on July 14. Its chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said the national carrier was honoured to be selected by Tabung Haji to serve the Malaysian pilgrims to perform their Haj this year. “Our A380-800 has a seat configuration of 494 seats, which allows us to transport a high number of pilgrims without compromising on comfort,” he said in a statement. Izham added Haj travellers were usually the more senior and elderly, and for some, it may even be their first time getting into an aircraft or traveling outside Malaysia. “This can be very stressful for the pilgrims, so having a sense of familiarity is important to them. Malaysia Airlines strives to provide pilgrims the comfort of home as soon as they board our aircraft and it is our hospitality that makes them feel right at home,” he said.


Some of the Malaysia Airlines crew members who will be on duty to transport over 15,000 Malaysian pilgrims for this year’s Haj season.

Izham said MAB's trained crew and ground staff were experienced to cope with the demands of Haj travels to ensure pilgrims were well taken care of so that they have the best journey for pilgrimage. In anticipating the first Haj flight, MAB together with Tabung Haji have trained more than 400 of its staff including its cabin and technical crew, ground handlers as well as operational employees to provide pilgrims superior ground and in-flight services throughout their journey to the holy land. MAB said the national carrier will be mounting 80 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Jeddah as well as Madinah on the A380-800 for this year’s Haj season. The airline will also be operating 88 feeder flights utilising its B737-800 aircrafts to transport 13,200 pilgrims from Alor Setar, Pulau Pinang, Johor Baru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Kuala Terengganu to KLIA. MAB said the last Haj flight to the holy land will depart KLIA on August 15 while the second phase of the operations will commence on August 29, and will be completed on September 25.

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