Start-up carrier Kyrgyz International Airlines has launched services with flights between Bishkek and Kuala Lumpur.

Services were launched on 8 August by the carrier, which is a joint venture between investors from Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. Flights run between Bishkek and Jakarta via Kuala Lumpur thrice-weekly and to Jeddah twice-weekly, says the chairman of Malaysia's Safuan Group, Matshah Safuan.

Safuan, a Malaysian conglomerate, owns hotels, controls the airline and hopes to add more Asian destinations plus European ser-vices next year. The carrier's fleet consists of two Airbus A300-600s.

Current services are intended to offer Muslim pilgrims an affordable way to make Umrah pilgrimages to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Flight International