After an almost two-year absence since its last operating flight on March 7, 2020, AMAL, Malaysia Airlines’ pilgrimage arm, resumed its inaugural trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) today via MH8216 destined for Madinah. Following the reopening of KSA borders for fully vaccinated international visitors, notably those intending to perform religious obligations such as Umrah and Hajj, scheduled flights to Jeddah and Madinah have resumed. AMAL will begin operating eight (8) times a week from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah and Madinah on November 30, 2021.
Muhammad Najmi Mansor of AMAL said, “Today truly marks a special day for us, as we send off the first flight to Madinah since the closure of KSA borders to international travellers more than 20 months ago. This has been a long time coming and we are delighted to resume flight operations and connectivity to the Holy Land.
The demand to perform Umrah is there, as we can see from today’s flight operating at almost 100% load factor, and we foresee that the demand will continue to rise. By May 2022, we are looking to accommodate up to 75,000 passengers, but this will depend on the current scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic, which we must continuously monitor.
As the world’s first dedicated pilgrimage airline service, AMAL upholds our utmost commitment to providing the best of Malaysian Hospitality to all our guests embarking on this truly special spiritual journey. Our dedicated crew will be on hand to make this a fulfilling occasion, uncompromised on quality and prioritising safety to ensure an unforgettable experience for all. Travellers can rest assured safety and health protocols are in place, and they can fly confidently with us.”
AMAL by Malaysia Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MAG and commenced its first service in October 2018. AMAL’s unique selling proposition offers scheduled and charter services to Jeddah and Madinah from Kuala Lumpur onboard its Airbus A330 aircraft, with dedicated in-flight features such as Talbiyah, Doa Musafir, Azan on board, Tazkirah on board, Miqat announcement as well as specialised amenity kits.