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Formed and started operations in 2015. Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
No.22-1a Blok 2
Jalan Pahat G-15g
Dataran Otomobil Seksyen 15
40200 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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January 2015: Rayani Air Sdn Bhd (RKT) is a full service airline in Malaysia, headquartered in Shah Alam, Selangor, in the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area. It is the first Sharia-Compliant in Malaysia and the fifth such airline in the world after Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Saudia (SVA) and Iran Air (IRN). Additionally, no alcoholic beverages or pork are served on board in accordance with Islamic dietary laws and prayers will be recited before a flight departs.
Rayani Airlines was founded by Ravi Alagendrran and his wife Karthiyani Govindan, both of whom are Malaysians of ethnic Tamil descent. The name Rayani is said to be mashup of the first names of the founders.
Previously, Rayani Airlines (RKT) was set to be based at Malacca International Airport somewhere in late (Q4) 2014 with its inaugural flight to take place in August. However, (RKT) changed its base to Langkawi International Airport to attract tourists to the resort island.
December 2015: News Item A-1: It was previously rumored that Rayani Air (RKT) would be launched as a Low Cost Carrier (LCC), however (RKT) made an official announcement in December 2015, positioning Rayani Air (RKT) as a full service carrier.
On December 20, 2015, its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi (RN600) took off smoothly, despite a slight delay.
(IATA) Code: RN. (ICAO) Code: RKT - (Callsign - BLUE GREEN).
Parent Company: Rayani Air Sdn Bhd.
Headquarters: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Main Base: Langkawi International Airport.
* Kuala Lumpur International Airport
* Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Kuching International Airport
Penang International Airport (begins March 2016)
Singapore Changi Airport (begins June 4, 2016).
Company Slogan: "Let's fly (Malay: Jom Terbang).
News Item A-2: "Ethnic Indian couple Launches Malaysia’s 1st Islamic airline", The Hindu, December 2015.
An ethnic Indian Hindu couple has launched Malaysia’s first Islamic airline offering Shariah compliant services including prayers before take-off, no on-flight serving of alcohol or meals with pork, and a strict dress code for female flight attendants.
Rayani Air (RKT) Founders, Ravi Alagendrran and his wife Karthiyani Govindan, who used parts of their first names for the airline’s name, assured that passengers of all faiths would be welcome on the flights although they are primarily eyeing the Muslim market.
“This is not a matter of segregation. We have a target market and anyone wishing to travel in a modest and alcohol free environment will feel right at home,” Ravi told "Malay Mail," adding, the Shariah-compliant industry had a huge potential for growth.
Jaafar Zamhari said: “Muslim crew members will be obliged to cover their heads and non-Muslim members of the crew are required to dress decently in accordance to Shariah requirements.
“The airline will not allow any pork or alcoholic beverages on board and Islamic prayers will be conducted before every flight for the safety of the passengers,” he said.
Ravi said the airline had hired 350 staff including eight pilots (FC) and 50 cabin crew (CA), and would fly 5x-weekly between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, at a distance of some 410 km.
“Operations will be expanded to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu next year. International flights to Indonesia and the Philippines will be added at a later date,” he said.
Rayani Air (RKT)’s fleet has two Boeing 737-400 airplanes.
Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country with Muslims constituting about 60% of the country’s 30 million people. The country also has a sizable ethnic Indian community, majority of them Hindus, forming about 6.3% of the total population.
Many Muslim leaders in the country have blamed the two 2015 777 disasters involving Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (Flight 370 which went missing in March last year and Flight 17 downed over Ukraine), were a message from God for breaking Islamic rules on flights).
January 2016: News Item A-1: Rayani Air (RKT), the first syariah-compliant airline in Malaysia, is setting a 10-year target to establish a network to capitalise on the umrah and haj pilgrimage market, said Managing Director, Jaafar Zamhari.
For a start, the airline, which just received approval from the Civil Aviation Department to begin operations, is taking “small steps” to fulfil the requirements set under Islamic law in their operations, before executing more plans within the next few years.
“We will continue to work together with the authorities towards refining our steps from time to time but our ultimate intention will be to capitalise on the (umrah and haj) markets,” he told reporters after arriving on Rayani Air (RKT)’s maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi International Airport.
Jaafar said Rayani Air (RKT) had acquired two Boeing 737-400s airplanes at this initial stage to serve (KLIA2) in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu (Kelantan) with Langkawi (LIA) as their operation hub, before including Kuching and Kota Kinabalu next year.
“It is our hope that the decision to make Langkawi our operation’s hub will turn Langkawi into a hub for tourism, where travelers would come here first before being channeled to other tourism destinations in the country,” he said.
(RKT) also plans to add +2 more Boeing 737-400s and two 737-800s to its fleet by 2017 as a move to increase its domestic routes and flight frequencies.
February 2016: News Item A-1: Rayani Air (RKT), a new Malaysian carrier that launched services last December, has expanded its network with the addition of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to both Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH). Both routes started on February 1 and will be served by (RKT)’s 737-400s, with frequency on the Kuching route increasing to 11x-weekly, shortly. The 1,629 km route to Kota Kinabalu is already well served by AirAsia (ASW) (12 daily flights), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (11 daily flights) and Malindo Air (MXD) (3x-daily flights). The 969 km route to Kuching is served by the same three carriers, again with multiple daily flights. Due to a technical problem, the first flight to Kuching was around five hours late.
News Item A-2: Rayani Air (RKT) has added a further domestic route to its network. On February 9, the new Malaysian carrier began 3x-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) flights on the 802 km route between Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH) using its 737-400s. The route is already served by AirAsia (ASW) with 3x-daily flights and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) with daily flights.
March 2016: Malaysia’s newest airline, Rayani Air (RKT), is to face an investigation by Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) following procedural problems with boarding security and on-time compliance.
Following a posting on social media by Malaysian MP, Lau Weng San, it emerged that the three-month-old airline had used handwritten boarding passes on a recent Kuching, Sarawak - Kuala Lumpur flight.
Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai said the use of handwritten boarding passes could pose a security threat to travelers. “If it’s clear, that's different, but if not clear then . . . that is not the case,” he said.
Liow said (RKT) would be required “to comply with all Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) regulations” and added that if there were subsequent issues, (RKT) would be referred to the Malaysian Aviation Commission, and could even face a suspension of operations.
He said Rayani Air (RKT) would be “monitored closely” and added the (MoT) could potentially take further action if further problems emerged. “We can even suspend them if we find them not following [regulations],” he said.
(RKT), billed as the first sharia-compliant carrier, received a warning letter from the (MoT) in February for the last-minute cancellation of a Langkawi - Kuala Lumpur flight due to technical problems on one of its two Boeing 737-400s. The cancellation left 200 passengers stranded.
(MoT) Secretary General, Saripuddin Kasim said the ministry was monitoring (RKT)’s response to the first warning.
“Maybe what is happening is unintentional; however, as the ministry responsible, we want [Rayani (RKT)] to provide services to the minimum standards,” Kasim said.
April 2016: "Stranded Rayani Air passengers get Fare Assistance" by
(ATW) Jeremy Torr, April 13, 2016.
Following the grounding of Malaysia-based start-up Rayani Air (RKT) on compliance grounds this past weekend, stranded passengers have been given assistance by other airlines, including Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia (ASW).
(RKT), the low-cost carrier (LCC), which started operations in December 2015, had been given prior warnings by Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and was grounded on the basis of operational noncompliance over the weekend. Prior to the suspension, the (DCA) issued two warning letters over general noncompliance and poor service levels.
(RKT) canceled all flights late last week, citing pilot (FC) action. However, the (DCA) issued a statement saying this contravened its air operator’s certificate (AOC), as “an airline [must] provide at least six months’ notice to the (DCA), if it intends to cease operations.”
The (DCA) said it would undertake a full administration and safety audit of Rayani Air (RKT)’s state of operations, and will investigate the airline’s record to date, along with the operational record of its two Boeing 737-400s.
Passengers affected by the grounding will be able to apply to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for discounted fares on the same routes as booked with (RKT), providing they can show proof of booking. “We are offering affected passengers special fares to connect them to their intended destinations,” Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (CCO), Paul Simmons said.
AirAsia (ASW) has made a similar offer, enabling all Rayani Air (RKT) passengers affected by the suspension to take a -50% discount on its fares to Langkawi, Kota Bharu, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu, through April 27. “We empathize with all the affected (RKT) passengers and we hope that this 50% discount will help ease them in making new travel arrangements,” AirAsia (ASW) Head of Commercial Operations, Spencer Lee said.
June 2016: Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) revoked the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of low-cost carrier (LCC) startup Rayani Air (RKT) on June 13 because of unresolved concerns and safety and organizational shortcomings.