Britain’s first “Sharia-compliant” airline, is ready to takeoff, without alcohol, no pork and strict dress codes for women.
Bangladeshi-born immigrant Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, who was a toilet cleaner at London City airport, ventured into a small airline business, with the hope of getting customers for his religious morals.
“Sharia compliance” means, the airline will follow a set of traditional Islamic rules in which no alcohol will be served with halal in-flight meals.
According to ‘Sun’ paper, Kazi, banking on his negotiation skills, raised £500,000, and had signed £60,000-a-month lease on a 72-seater turboprop plane, egged on by business partner and fellow Bangladeshi Abdul Roqueb. His plans didn’t takeoff as planned, because the turboprop never left the ground and started draining the investment. Realising the reality of aviation business, he jumped on to a much smaller 19-seater Jetstream plane, that cost £8,500 a month.
Breaking into the airline business is not easy for anyone, specially for a man with no aviation industry experience.- but he is determined to take up the challenge and call himself a “halal Richard Branson”
Finally the first aircraft of ‘Firnas Airways’ is ready to fly, and Kazi’s dream of being an Airplane owner became a reality.