Malaysia Airlines MH8100 left to Cairo yesterday, 25 August 2013 to ferry Malaysian students in Egypt. The A330-300 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 11.10am and arrived at the Cairo International Airport at 3.00pm local Egypt time. Meanwhile, MH8101 which was ferrying students back from Cairo also arrived at KLIA today at 8.24am. On hand to welcome home passengers of the specially chartered A333 aircraft was Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, and management team members.
It was an emotional homecoming for 280 Malaysian students who arrived at KL International Airport 8.00am today from strife-torn Cairo. Piloted by Captain Hamdan Che Ismail, Captain Nor Azman Mahmood and FO Chan Kent Tye, MH8101 departed Cairo on Sunday afternoon after a swift 1 hour 21 minutes turnaround of the earlier ferry flight MH8100.
Ops Pyramid Flight 2 departed KLIA at 11.10 am this morning, piloted by Captain Zainuddin Hussein, Captain Muzamil and FO Justin Lai. In all, Malaysia Airlines will deploy 3 flights this week (on 25, 26, 27 August) to bring home Malaysians from Egypt.
Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, "The evacuation was a success due to the collaborative efforts from the Malaysian government, private sector and other foreign agencies.
He also commended the team at Malaysia Airlines in answering the government’s call to evacuate as many Malaysians out of Cairo safely and quickly as possible.
“The team spirit at Malaysia Airlines was overwhelming and focused on ensuring the smooth evacuation of our fellow Malaysians. We are honoured to be able to contribute to such an important mission and hope for swift resolution and normalisation of the situation in Egypt,” he said.
National Security Council (NSC) is the main coordinating body for the rescue mission in Egypt. Amongst NSC’s immediate task will be in determining the list of passengers to be assigned to the various mode of transportation deployed to Egypt. Malaysia Airlines is assisting the NSC to facilitate the evacuation process.
Malaysia Airlines was also actively involved in a similar rescue mission of students from Cairo during the unrest in 2011.