‘’Superjumbos’’ Large Airbus which many airlines are having difficulty to fully capacitate their planes to their designated routes could well be turned into ‘’Pilgrimage planes’’ – For Muslims visiting Mecca (Makkah).
Malaysia Airlines are in talks with Airbus in regards to converting its group of A380’s to each carry 700 passengers on devoted flights to service the demand for the Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city Saudi Arabia.
The original plane which carries 500 passengers would see an increase of seats to 700. Not only will it have an increase of seats it will also have an installation of baths which will allow Muslims to prepare themselves for the visit, As well as it is also scheduled to have praying facilities.
The flights are expected to be run all year round which means it is applicable for Umrah not just Hajj. Hajj is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, it takes place in the final month of the Islamical year. If you would like more information on Hajj then please click here. Malaysia Airlines expects there to be a big demand for Umrah which is why the flight will be all year round.
Visiting Mecca is essential for Muslims as performing Hajj is one of the 5 pillars in Islam.
Currently, Malaysia Airlines has six A380’s but the company believes the market is strong therefore it will have 20 jets taking pilgrims from around the world to Mecca (Makkah).
There are rumours that Saudi Arabia is planning on banning Aircrafts which are older than 20 years flying in its airspace. This increases the opportunity for the A380.
At the moment the carrier is in talks with other competitors on how they will as a team to provide the service, along with other Travel groups. A formal announcement on the scheme is expected before the end of the year.
The airline is rebuilding itself after two tragedies which occurred in 2014. The loss of MH370 and MH17. Malaysia Airlines lost both of these planes within months. One disappeared In the south China Sea and the other which was shot down by a missile over the country Ukraine.
Investigators came to a conclusion that MH17 was shot down by a missile in 2014.
An example of failing to maximise the utility of the A380 is when some jets flying to London only managed to fill one fifth of the total capacity of seats. By converting these planes into a pilgrimage plane suggests that it is a good idea and it will be very profitable for Malaysian Airlines.