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Kelana Jaya, 26 November 2013: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), a special centre dedicated to Halal industry established by International Islamic University Malaysia. Through the understanding, MAS will accept students from INHART for internship at its Halal catering operations while INHART will assist in providing safety and Halal training, consultancy and Shariah compliance training to MAS.
This collaboration is one of Malaysia Airlines' initiatives to formulate, implement and continuously update Malaysia Airlines halal standards.
INHART will be developing relevant training modules for MAS beneficiaries and will conduct training programs in order to ensure compliance to halal requirements by the national carrier's caterers. Malaysia Airlines currently has two modules of halal training in place. With this collaboration the module will be worked at further to enhance the offerings.
Malaysia Airlines values this contribution by INHART as it is constantly trying to improvise the Halal standard on board it's flights. 15 caterers engaged by Malaysia Airlines operate from a 100% halal kitchen and another 29 caterers are currently operating from a partially halal kitchen. In all partial kitchens the production of food is totally separated between halal and non-halal product hence providing Malaysia Airlines with a completely halal plate each time. This is also supported by the constant quality assurance audit conducted by our experienced team from the In Flight Operation QA, Safety & Halal unit under Service & Quality Assurance Department.
Malaysia Airlines, Director of Customer Services, Dato' Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said, "We hope that with this collaboration there shall be a platform to strengthen existing cooperation and implement activities that are of mutual interests and benefits both MAS and INHART-IIUM. At Malaysia Airlines, we look at this as an opportunity to further enhance the travel experience of our Muslim passengers. Muslim passengers make up a large percentage of our customers and we want to continuously work towards making travel comfortable for them".
Both Malaysia Airlines and INHART believe that this understanding will bring about the enhancement of the MAS Halal Manual & Standard Operating Procedure whilst providing the students of INHART a valuable practical experience.