‘Halal Richard Branson’ is launching Britain’s first Sharia airline
‘I’m the Halal Richard Branson’: Self-made businessman wants to launch Britain’s first ‘Sharia’ airline with no alcohol and modestly dressed crew
- Kazi Shafiqur Rahman is launching Britain’s first ‘Sharia compliant’ airline
- Flights will serve no alcohol, halal meals and have a strict cabin crew dress code
- Firnas Airways is leasing a 19-seater Jetstream 32 plane for £8,500 a month
- His journey towards starting his own airline features on Channel 4 documentary
A self-styled ‘Halal Richard Branson’ is launching Britain’s first ‘Sharia compliant’ airline that serves no alcohol, Islamic in-flight meals and has a strict cabin crew dress code.
Entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, 32, who came to the UK from Bangladesh in 1997 and left school with just one GCSE, hopes to see his firm Firnas Airways eventually fly long haul to the Middle East.
But the self-made businessman, who started with just £600 in his pocket and made his money importing perfumes, is to start flying short haul commuter routes between UK cities.
Mr Rahman, who is leasing a 19-seater Jetstream 32 plane, has lived a rags to riches story after growing up in east London and getting his first job as a cleaner at London city airport.
His journey towards getting his new company off the ground will feature on a documentary ‘How to Start an Airline’ tonight on Channel 4.