KaziShafiqur Rahman, a 32-year-old Bangladesh-British businessman, is set to launch British first “Sharia-compliant” Airways in 2019 – known as Firnas Airways. Read on to see the statement made by the CEO, and some information you need to know about Firnas Airways.
Sharia compliance airline actually means that once you board such aircraft, you should only expect Islamic “Halal” meals and non-alcoholic drinks to be served. Also, the female staffs will be putting on modest and non-provocative dresses.
He told Arabian Business that :
We will compensate with alcohol-free mocktails. Some people don’t like to drink alcohol – Muslims or non-Muslims
He continued :
I’ve been following the stories in the media about how Muslims get discriminated against these days. We’re not trying to burn bridges but it’s more about inclusion for everyone and we want to demonstrate our vision of what an airline business could look like.That doesn’t mean certain people can’t fly with us, it means that everyone is welcome. Just because of someone’s name, language or whether he or she makes a prayer before they take off – it doesn’t mean something’s going to wrong. We’re trying to build bridges and create inclusion for everyone.
Mr. Rahman, who calls himself the “Halal Richard Branson”, is leasing a 19-seater Jetstream 32 airplane for a start. He named his airline after Abbas Ibn Firnas, a Spanish Muslim inventor, who was the first man to fly and live to tell the tale in 875AD.
The London-based businessman used to work cleaning plane toilets before going into the perfume business. His airline, Firnas Airways, is now a few months away from flying short-haul routes between UK cities. He believes it could take two or three years before his dream of a long haul to places like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh is achieved.