WhatsApp Convo Shows Rayani Air Founder Pleading To Pilots To Fly For Staff's Sake

The screenshot of the conversation was shared by one of Ravi Alagendrran's friend.

Cover image via Facebook

Earlier this morning, SAYS was alerted about a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation allegedly between Ravi Alagendrran, the founder of Rayani Air, and the Captain of the airline.

The alleged screenshot, shared on Facebook by one of Ravi Alagendrran's friend, shows the Rayani Air founder pleading for the pilots to fly for the sake of the airline's staff and their family.

Image via Mohd Firdaus

The alleged screenshot was also shared by Ravi himself:

The airline allegedly has not paid wages to 485 of its staff

The Malay Mail published a transcript of its interaction with Ravi via WhatsApp. When asked how it plans to resolve its problems, Ravi answered: "We will clean up the company. God will help".

Image via The Malay Mail

Meanwhile, Rayani Air, which has suspended operations since 8 April, could face sanctions for suspending operations without permission from the Transport Ministry, The Malay Mail reported.

Additionally, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has also initiated an investigation into the company, the report added.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said airlines are only allowed to suspend or cease operations after obtaining the green light from the ministry or the DCA.

“The airline must notify the government before suspending or ceasing operations. It cannot be done on their own volition. Rayani Air is being evaluated and DCA has asked them to reduce their sectors from 13 to eight.”

Aziz said this was the first time the ministry had faced such an issue and that action would be taken against the company.

“We have issued warnings to the airline following previous feedback from the public who complained of service disruptions.”

Read about Rayani Air's decision to suspend operations, here: