Kuala Lumpur: With female staff in hijabs, prayers before take-off and no alcohol, Malaysia, a country dominated by Muslims, launched on Sunday what it termed as it's first 'Shariah Compliant' airline.
The flight, operated by Rayani Air, was launched with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi.
"We are the first Malaysian airline to be Shariah-Compliant based on guidelines by relevant authorities. We are proud of this", Managing Director of Rayani Air Jaafar Zamhari told the Star newspaper.
"The Shariah-Compliant aspects will be refined as time goes by," he added using the Arabic word for Islamic law.
In-flight meals served on board its flights are completely halal, with alcohol consumption strictly prohibited, in compliance with Shariah laws, according to Daily Mail.
The dress code is also reflective of Shariah guidelines, as Muslim flight crew must wear the hijab while non-Muslim crew have to be decently dressed. There will also be prayer recitals on the plane before take-off, the Daily Mail said.
There are already other shariah-friendly carriers operating around the world. Popular among them is Saudi Airlines.
Meanwhile, UK-based Firnas Airways is planning to offer similar flights next year, according to a Bloomberg news agency report.