MAS to deploy 3 aircraft to bring Malaysian students home from Egypt

KLANG - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be deploying three of its aircraft in a rescue mission to ferry Malaysian students in Egypt home.

The first rescue flight MH8100 will depart Kuala Lumpur on Sunday at 11.10am and is expected to arrive at the Cairo International Airport at 3.00pm (Egyptian time).

Two other flights will be deployed next Monday and Tuesday at the same schedule.

The MH8100 will be ferrying Malaysian Government officials and the Operations Team from Malaysia Airlines.

The airline's latest and largest aircraft, the A330-300, will also be deployed in the rescue mission.

According to a press statement issued by MAS yesterday, the National Security Council (NSC) will be the main coordinating body in the rescue mission.

It said NSC's immediate task will be to determine the list of passengers to be assigned to the various mode of transportation deployed to Egypt.

Malaysia Airlines will, meanwhile, be assisting NSC to facilitate the evacuation process.

MAS' group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the airline was always prepared to help fellow Malaysians from the turmoil in Egypt.

"Our team has been working round the clock to ensure the success of this mission and will continue to support NSC and the Malaysian Government," he said in the statement.

In a separate press statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that 364 Malaysians have safely arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7.45am on Thursday via a specially chartered flight through Air Asia X.

The group will be part of the 3,300 students being evacuated under Ops Pyramid II following the turmoil in the Middle Eastern country.

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Hamzah Zainudin, several senior officials from Wisma Putra, NSC, Ministry of Education and other government agencies received the returning Malaysians.

The statement also said that the Embassy of Malaysia in Cairo and other Malaysian agencies in the capital were continuing their efforts to evacuate the remaining Malaysians as quickly as possible.