Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hot News: MAS, AIRASIA Start Rescue Operation

CAIRO: The Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia have started evacuating Malaysian students from strife-torn Egypt to Jeddah today.

Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillay said 345 students were flown out
of Egypt by MAS at 3pm local time while the second batch of 300 students would be flown out by AirAsia shortly.

They will be sheltered at the Tabung Haji Hostel in Jeddah, he told Bernama
here today.

Tabung Haji chief executive officer Datuk Ismee Ismail said 35 Tabung Haji
employees, including seven from Kuala Lumpur, were tasked with arranging the
transfer of the students to the hostel in Jeddah.

Meanwhile, AirAsia deputy group chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin
Meranun said the airline was awaiting permission from the Cairo aviation
authority to fly out more students.

In Abu Dhabi, the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) had yet to obtain permission from the Saudi Arabian aviation authority for its C130 Hercules aircraft to land in Jeddah.

The aircraft which took off from the Subang RMAF Base at about 9.30pm last
night landed at the Abu Dhabi International Airport at noon (Malaysian time)

Besides bringing food for the students, the aircraft will also be used to
fly out Malaysian students from Cairo to Jeddah. - Bernama

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