Malaysia Airlines Brings Home Final Evacuees From Cairo
Sepang, 14 February 2011 : It was an emotional homecoming for 450 Malaysian students who arrived at KL International Airport 9.00am today from strife-torn Cairo. They were the final batch of evacuees returning home, bringing closure to the government-led Ops Pyramid.
Malaysia Airlines operated a total of 13 return rescue flights and 3 commercial flights, to evacuate 5,382 Malaysians throughout the 12-day mission which began on February 2, following the upheaval in Egypt.
The students were flown home on a Malaysia Airlines high density Boeing 747 aircraft which was used for the last Hajj movement. The aircraft was piloted by Director of Operations, Captain Azharuddin Osman, Captain Ahmad Dzul, Captain Yusof Nasir and First Officer Ahmad Zamri.
Malaysia Airlines Managing Director/CEO, Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin said the evacuation was a success due to the collaborative efforts from the Malaysian government, private sector and other foreign agencies.
He also commended the team at Malaysia Airlines in answering the government’s call to evacuate as many Malaysians out of Cairo safely and quickly as possible.
“The team spirit at Malaysia Airlines was overwhelming and focused on ensuring the smooth evacuation of our fellow Malaysians. We started off mounting twice daily flights between Cairo and Jeddah until 7 February carrying 2,157 passengers during the first phase of this mission. Later, we flew direct flights from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur, evacuating another 3,225 passengers.
“We are honoured to be able to contribute to such an important mission and hope for swift resolution and normalisation of the situation in Egypt,” he said.
The welcome entourage consisted of YB Datuk Richard Riot, Deputy Foreign Minister, Y.Bhg. Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen bin Abdul Wahab, Secretary, National Security Council, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Mohd Ghazali bin Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, National Security Council and YBhg Tan Sri Munir Majid, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, YM Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil MD/CEO amongst others. The Chairman and MD/CEO of Malaysia Airlines was there to greet the final group of students, and in particular, to welcome home the airline crew who represented Malaysia Airlines great effort in the evacuation.
In the meantime, he said that in the interest of safety, Malaysia Airlines’ codeshare flights with Egypt Air to Cairo, has been suspended temporarily until 27 March 2011.
Customers on Malaysia Airlines’ code share service to and from Cairo via Egypt Air on MH9148 and MH9149 are offered a waiver on cancellation and change fees until 28 February 2011 for travel until 30 June 2011. Customers changing travel dates should note that the tickets must be reissued for the same booking class as per the original purchased ticket and changes must be done at Malaysia Airlines’ ticket offices. Customers are also eligible to get a refund on the unused portion of their ticket, subject to terms and conditions.
From Left to right, YM Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil MD/CEO of Malaysia Airlines, YB Datuk Richard Riot, Deputy Foreign Minister, Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Datuk Jamil Khir Baharum, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and YBhg Tan Sri Munir Majid, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, greeting the final group of evacuees from Cairo. The evacuees also received a gift sponsored by Malaysia Airlines.
A short briefing to all evacuees at KLIA today.