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Malaysia’s first Islamic airline takes off

December 26, 2015

By Globe News |

Malaysia’s first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules including prayers, no-alcohol, no-pork meals, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants took to the skies over the weekend.

The idea for Rayani Air was mooted last year by conservative Muslims who believed that two major air disasters involving the national Malaysia Airlines were caused by Allah’s wrath.

Their solution: airlines must adopt strict Islamic customs to avoid divine retribution.

The reaction to the disasters, and the creation of the airline that operated its inaugural flight on Sunday, is an example of rising conservative Islamic values in Malaysia, where Muslims account for some 60 percent of the country’s 30 million people.

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