The maiden flight, which took off from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, had halal meat in menu, no alcohol and had flight attendants dressed in full-body clothing complete with a hijab.
The company’s Managing Director Jaafar Zamhari said that the rules are “based on guidelines by relevant authorities”. “We are proud of this,” he said.
“The Shariah-compliant aspects will be refined as time goes by,” Zamhari said.
Some Sharia laws are also followed by the world’s leading airliners – the Emirates and Etihad. While Emirates does not serve pork in meals, Etihad requires a travel prayer before take-off.
Firnas was founded by Kazi Shafiqur Rahman – a Bangladeshi. The flights plan to operate on the routes between UK and countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran.
Whether or not airline services (or any commercial service) should be allowed to run as per rules of a specific religious code is something up for debate.