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Published: Monday September 17, 2012 MYT 5:59:00 PMUpdated: Wednesday September 19, 2012 MYT 10:53:16 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: MAS on Monday commenced its 2012 Haj flights from KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.
The airline is operating 33 scheduled Haj charter flights between six cities in Malaysia and Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The first flight, MH8000, departed from KLIA at 1.05pm MOnday with 447 pilgrims and scheduled to arrive in Medina at 5.05pm local time.
Officials from MAS, Tabung Haji and Malaysia Airports Berhad were on hand to send off the passengers on the first flight, said the national carrier in a statement here today.
For its first phase of Haj operations, from Sept 17 to Oct 19, MAS is operating 17 flights from KLIA, five from Penang, two from Kuala Terengganu, five from Johor Bahru and two each from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
For the second phase flights from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, it will be will from Nov 1-29.
The airline will use two 747-400 passenger aircraft from its fleet for the Haj flight.
Malaysia Airlines said a special menu for passengers on the haj flights had been prepared with the approval of Tabung Haji.
Apart from the main meals, passengers would also be given snack packs for consumption while awaiting statutory clearance on arrival in Jeddah.
"In addition, there will be increased supply of mineral water and juices in-flight to ensure passengers do not experience dehydration during the air travel," it added.
Malaysia Airlines has also mobilised experienced staff for the ground handling of the Haj operations in Tabung Haji Complex/Kelana Jaya, KLIA and in the two Saudi Arabian airports, Jeddah and Medina. - Bernama
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