Malaysia shuts down first sharia-compliant airline

In this Dec. 22, 2015, photo, a Rayani Air flight crew, left, shares a light moment with passengers on board at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysia’s Rayani Air took to the skies over the weekend with a clear bailiwick. It is the country’s first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules including prayers, no-alcohol, no-pork meals, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
In this Dec. 22, 2015, photo, a Rayani Air flight crew, left, shares a light moment with passengers on board at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysia’s Rayani Air took to the skies over the weekend with a clear bailiwick. It is the country’s first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules including prayers, no-alcohol, no-pork meals, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

news65s56fs56s56KUALA LAMPUR: Rayani Air, Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline, has been shut down, regulators said Monday, months after it was suspended from flying for breaching aviation regulations.

The carrier launched only in December with Muslim flight crew wearing the hijab while non-Muslim members were forbidden from wearing revealing clothing. In-flight meals were completely halal and alcohol consumption banned.

But after an “investigation into the administration and safety audit” of the airline, the Department of Aviation (DCA) said it has revoked Rayani’s Air Operator Certificate.

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