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Subang, 27 August 2014 – Malaysia Airlines’ Haj charter services commenced today with the first flight departing from KL International Airport (KLIA) for Madinah this morning at 9.20am.
The direct flight MH8000, carrying a total of 279 pilgrims, is scheduled to arrive in Madinah at 12.50pm (local time) on the same day.
For this Haj season, Malaysia Airlines will operate 39 direct flights to Jeddah and Madinah, departing from seven Malaysian points, namely Kuala Lumpur (14 flights), Penang and Johor Bharu with six flights each, Kuala Terengganu and Alor Setar with five flights each, Kuching (two flights) and Kota Kinabalu (one flight), for the period commencing 27 August until 27 September 2014.
Of the 39 flights, the airline will operate a total of 22 direct flights to Madinah and 17 direct flights to Jeddah.
All Hajj flights will be operated using two B777-200 from Malaysia Airlines’ fleet, of which has a seating capacity of 282.
Malaysia Airlines, together with Lembaga Tabung Haji, is committed to provide comprehensive superior and comfortable ground and in-flight service for the pilgrims.
The second phase of the operations from the holy land to Malaysia will begin from 10 October till 7 November 2014.
Malaysia Airlines Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “Malaysia Airlines has mobilised a team of dedicated personnel to manage and operate the Hajj flights as this operation has unique regulatory requirements and is highly time critical.”
He added, “We remain fully committed in our duty to serve and further enhancing Malaysia’s reputation of having the best Hajj movement arrangement highly regarded in the Muslim world.”
Also joining this year’s Haj pilgrimage in Mekah and Madinah are 50 of Malaysia Airlines staff and their spouses.
The group will be departing from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah on 13 September 2014 at 3pm, with a send-off by Malaysia Airlines’ Chairman and Group CEO at Anjung Tinjau, KL International Airport.
Malaysia Airlines began its first Hajj flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah on 01 April 1974, using leased B707 aircraft. By 1981 due to increased demand, the airline switched to a DC-10 aircraft and in the following year, leased another two B747 aircraft for this service. Except for a short gap, the national carrier has been operating this specialised service for more than 30 years.