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First Rescued Malaysians Return From Cairo On Malaysia Airlines

Subang, 07 February 2011 : The first batch of Malaysian evacuees of special rescue missions from Cairo, returned on Malaysia Airlines flight MH8029 iso MH8031 from Jeddah to KL International Airport today. The aircraft which is MAS second B744 charter from JED/KUL, carried a record 459 passengers (446 adults and 13 infants), was the first to arrive on Malaysian soil at 10.00 am, since the rescue mission began on Thursday last week.

Malaysia Airlines Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin said, “Everyone at Malaysian Airlines is focused on getting Malaysians home safely and as quickly as possible.” In fact, many of the Operations, Cabin Crew and Ground Crew volunteered to manage the evacuation process, in line with Malaysians Airlines MH spirit of being one and delivering the Malaysian Hospitality.

“Most of our team members have been working almost round the clock, since the operations began,” he added. As of this morning, Malaysia Airlines has carried around 2,160 Malaysians out of Cairo. In total, the airline has chartered six rescue flights to facilitate the evacuation.

“We have just kicked off Phase 2, which is the evacuation from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur and will continue to work closely with the National Security Council, as well as the Malaysian government, to operate more flights as necessary to evacuate Malaysians from Cairo,” he said.

It was reported that 14,000 students in Egypt were registered with the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo. In order for Malaysia Airlines to ensure the smooth evacuation of those stranded in Cairo, the national carrier needed to obtain as many as eight different air rights and the necessary landing rights from both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“Obtaining the landing rights and overflight clearances was key to our smooth operations. This was made possible due to the good relations Malaysia Airlines personnel has built and maintained with both countries over the years. We are well-established in Jeddah having served this route for over 30 years and in Cairo, we also have good relations with Egypt Air whom we codeshare with,” he added.

Malaysia Airlines assistance and expertise in commercial aviation came in good stead as we had enhanced the nation's rescue efforts in facilitating both the Airforce and AirAsia's landing rights, as well as ground handling arrangements in Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah.

Malaysia Airlines continues to focus on its core expertise of over 60 years in the aviation industry, bringing Malaysian Hospitality to its passengers.

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