Published On: Thu, Dec 24th, 2015

Hindu couple starts Malaysia’s Islamic airline to avoid air disasters

First Islamic airline pray before flights ban alcohol, require all women to cover their hair.

rayani Muslim women flight attendants working for Rayani Air wear hijabs and follow Muslim customs of modesty. PHOTO RAYANI AIR


A new airline from the Malaysia took off this weekend — and it’s based on a strict adherence to Islamic customs. The new low-cost carrier Rayani Air, which calls itself the country’s first “Islamic” airline, focuses on Islamic rules and customs from takeoff to landing.

Muslim prayers are recited before flights, there is no alcohol or pork served on board and the Muslim women flight attendants adhere to a modest dress code.

Ironically, the founders of the airline are not Muslim: Ravi Alagendrran and wife Karthiyani Govindan, a Hindu Indian couple, launched the service after many conservative Muslims in Malaysia said the two Malaysia Airlines recent disasters were punishments from God for not adhering to Islamic values. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing in March 2014, while Flight 17 was downed in an apparent attack over Ukraine a few months later. Alagendrran and Karthiyani melded parts of their first names to create “Rayani.”

Read the full story at IBTimes, by Ismat Sarah Mangla

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