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Rayani Air Has Suspended Operations Following A Pilot Strike

"As part of the company's restructuring plan/exercise."

Cover image via The Star Online

Malaysia's first Shariah compliant airline, Rayani Air, has suspended operations since Friday, 8 April, until further notice after the airline was launched just about three months ago in December 2015

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Ravi Alagendrran, Rayani Air founder, said the decision to suspend operations was taken after a pilot strike and "technical" issues

The Rayani Air founder told staff in an email yesterday that operations were suspended with immediate effect until further notice as part of a company restructuring exercise.

"You may instruct your sub-coordinates [sic] to close down the operations and re-count back the company assets," read the email which was seen by The Malay Mail.

While speaking to The Malay Mail, Ravi said, "We apologise to all our passengers. We will take this time to work out the operations and technical issues that have surfaced."

Muslim travellers queue up in front of Rayani Air's check-in counter at KLIA2.

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Earlier, a pilot strike forced Rayani Air to cancel at least three flights on Friday, 8 April, from KL to Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching

According to The Star Online's report, which cited posts on social media by unhappy customers, at least three flights from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi (RN182), Kota Kinabalu (RN130) and Kuching (RN154) were cancelled yesterday following a pilot strike.

The airline had been plagued by problems since its launch: