Britain gets its first Sharia "compliant" airline this year


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Britain's first Sharia airline is set for launch this year. The sharia-compliant airline will not be serving alcohol. Find out more details about the project!

History is about to be made in Britain as its first ever Sharia Airline is set for launch. In line with the Sharia practice, the airline is going to be different from your regular airlines. Everyone boarding will be modestly dressed without exposing their body. Alcohol will also be absent on the plane as it’s against the Sharia Law.

The brains behind this initiative is Kazi Shafiqur Rahman – a 33-year old British Entrepreneur who originally hails from Bangladesh. The new Sharia-compliant airline is called “Firnas Airways.”


Kazi Shafiqur Rahman started as a plane toiler cleaner

Not all kinds of meals will be served on the airline. According to reports, only Halal Islamic meals will be made available to passengers.

In line with this, staff of the airline will be modestly dressed, setting a good example for passengers to emulate.


The Firnas crew are dressed in formal dresses

Rhaman who sees himself walking in the shoes of Richard Branson is starting out with a 19-seater Jetstream 32 aircraft. The name of the airline is gotten from a Muslim Inventor from Spanish - Abbas Ibn Firnas. He was the very first person to fly in the air who survived to tell the story of his experience way back in 875AD.

Before now, Rahman who’s based in London worked as a cleaner – cleaning plane toilets. It was at this time that he got the idea to start his own airline someday. He later went into the perfume business.

Set to launch this year 2019, “Firnas Airways” will fly short distances in the UK. Rahman’s dream is to see his airline go long distances such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. The businessman believes this dream would be realized in the next two or three years.


Illustration of Firnas plane flying in the sky

Speaking further, Rahman revealed that the Sharia angle of the airline was a marketing ploy to get people’s attention. As expected, it worked as many people became curious about the airline.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.


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