Islamic Lifestyle 

Malaysia: Project Hope to serve haj and umrah pilgrims, fourth carrier to create 700 jobs

| 16 January, 2017

Mon Jan 16, 2017 | 2:22pm

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) is ready to kick-start a new airline under Project Hope, which will serve umrah and haj pilgrims using its existing six Airbus A380 aircraft.

The new airline, yet to be named, will be Malaysia Aviation Group’s (MAG) fourth passenger airline after MAS, Firefly and MASwings.

MAS group managing director and chief executive officer Peter Bellew said the new project would create 700 jobs in Malaysia as the airline would need 150 pilots, 350 cabin crew members as well as maintenance and support staff.

The airline will not be owned by MAG for the long term as it is open for sale to interested buyers.

“We’ll give birth to it (new airline) under MAG but it does not necessarily mean that it’ll forever be owned by MAS.

“We have had inquiries from interested investors overseas and within Malaysia,” said Bellew.

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