Rayani Air

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Rayani Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2016
HubsKuala Lumpur International Airport
Fleet size2
Company sloganLet's fly (Malay: Jom Terbang)
HeadquartersShah Alam
Websitewww.rayaniair.com (website defunct)

Rayani Air Sdn. Bhd. (doing business as Rayani Air; Jawi: راياني أير, Tamil: ரயாணி ஏர்) was a full-service airline in Malaysia, headquartered in Shah Alam, Selangor, in the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area.[1] It was the first Sharia-compliant airline in Malaysia and the fourth such airline in the world, after Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Saudi Arabian Airlines and Iran Air. No alcoholic beverages or pork were served on board in accordance with Islamic dietary laws and prayers were recited before every flight. It was forced to cease operations after only five months due to management, safety and security issues, pilot strikes and lack of funding.


Rayani Air was founded by Ravi Alagendrran and his wife Karthiyani Govindan, both Malaysians of ethnic Indian descent.[2] The name Rayani is said to be combination of the first names of the founders.

Rayani Airlines was originally intended to be based at Malacca International Airport, with its inaugural flight expected to take place in August 2014.[3] However, the airline changed its base to Langkawi International Airport to attract tourists to the resort island.[4] It was previously rumoured that Rayani Air would be launched as a low-cost carrier; however, the airline officially positioned itself as a full-service carrier in December 2015.[5]

On 20 December 2015, the airline's inaugural flight to Langkawi (RN600) took off smoothly.[6]

The airline was planning to co-operate with Royal Brunei Airlines to strengthen the Sharia-compliant airline concept within the aviation industry.[7]

On 9 April 2016, Rayani Air temporarily suspended all operations until further notice, citing 'restructuring exercises' in an announcement made by its co-founder.[8][9]

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) announced in a statement on 13 June 2016 that Rayani Air's licence had been revoked, saying it had breached the conditions of its licence and lacked the financial and management capacity to continue operating as a commercial airline.[10]


  • Kuala Lumpur (Main Hub)
  • Langkawi
  • Kota Bharu
  • Kuching
  • Kota Kinabalu


Before ceasing operations, the airline's fleet consisted of two Boeing 737-400 aircraft, with the following on order: two more Boeing 737-400s, four Boeing 737-800s and two Boeing 777-200s.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 9 February 2016, Rayani Air flight RN180 scheduled for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 was cancelled due to a broken cockpit windshield. The next day, the airline issued a press statement apologising for the flight cancellation, and attributed the shattered windshield to a previous night flight. Rayani Air said they were investigating to see whether the broken windshield was an act of sabotage, and would liaise with relevant authorities to deal with this.[11]
  • In March 2016, Rayani Air faced several issues and numerous complaints, highlighted in several media outlets.[12] Passengers complained that the airline frequently rescheduled flights, often up to 13 hours later. The airline also frequently cancelled flights without advance notice and without compensation or assistance to affected passengers. It was reported that pilots refused to fly because of the poor condition of the aircraft.[13]
  • Politician Lau Weng San criticised the airline for using handwritten boarding passes, posing a security threat to the aviation industry.[14] This led the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, to state that the airline would be investigated and suspended if necessary.[15] On 11 April 2016, Rayani Air was officially suspended for 3 months.[16] Its licence was permanently revoked two months later.


  1. ^ Home page Archived 14 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Rayani Air. Retrieved on 10 January 2016. "Rayani Air Sdn. Bhd. No.22-1A Blok 2, Jalan Pahat G-15G Dataran Otomobil Seksyen 15 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor"
  2. ^ "Ethnic Indian couple launches Malaysia's 1st Islamic airline". The Hindu. 23 December 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Rayani Air". Airline News Asia. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  4. ^ BERNAMA. "New budget airline Rayani Air picks Langkawi as hub". FMT News.
  5. ^ "First Sharia-compliant airline, Rayani Air, launches in Malaysia" (in Chinese). Guang Ming Daily. 19 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Rayani Air To Begin Operations Sunday". Astro Awani. Malaysian Digest. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Rayani Air bakal lantik mursyidul am PAS sebagai penasihat". The Malaysian Insider. 3 January 2016. Archived from the original on 6 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Rayani Air Gantung Operasi". mStar Online. mStar Online. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Rayani Air halts operations after pilot strike". Malay Mail Online. Malay Mail Online. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Mavcom revokes Rayani Air's licence". The Star Online. The Star. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Rayani Air says flight delay caused by shattered windshield, suspects sabotage". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Rayani Air faces suspension if services fail to improve". New Straits Times. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  13. ^ "它是「最短命」航空之一 僅營運了110天" [It is one of the shortest-lived airlines operating for only 110 days]. 中時電子報 (in Chinese). 12 April 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Security threat? Transport Ministry probes Rayani Air for handwritten boarding passes". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Liow: Suspension of Rayani Air possible". The Star. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  16. ^ Joseph Kaos Jr (11 April 2016). "Rayani Air suspended for three months". The Star. Retrieved 11 April 2016.

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