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MAB, TH sign haj charter flight agreement

24/05/2022 04:24 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed a three-year agreement with Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) to provide haj charter flights for Malaysian pilgrims.

In a joint statement today, they said the charter flight service would be managed by umrah (minor haj) and haj flight provider AMAL by Malaysia Airlines (AMAL).

MAB group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said 50 per cent of Malaysian pilgrims would be flown directly by AMAL in stages from the KL International Airport (KLIA) to the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.

He said AMAL would use the A330-300 aircraft with a capacity of 284 seats to ensure a comfortable and the best service to the pilgrims.

According to the statement, 14,306 Malaysians would perform their pilgrimage this year, with the first flight scheduled for June 4.

Meanwhile, TH group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amrin Awaluddin said MAB was chosen because AMAL has an excellent record in handling haj charter flights.

He said TH was the only government body providing various facilities comprehensively and systematically for the comfort and welfare of Malaysian pilgrims.

The agreement was signed by TH haj executive director Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman and AMAL chief operating officer Muhammad Najmi Mansor, in the presence of Amrin and Captain Izham at the MAB Academy in Kelana Jaya today.

-- BERNAMA


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