The first rescue flight MH8100 will depart Kuala Lumpur on the 25th August 2013 at 11.10am and is expected to arrive at the Cairo International Airport at 3.00pm local Egyptian time. Two other flights will also be deployed on 26th and 27th August 2013 at the same schedule.
MH8100 will be ferrying Malaysian Government officials and the Operations Team from Malaysia Airlines.
The National Security Council (NSC) is the main coordinating body for the rescue mission in Egypt. One of the NSC’s immediate tasks 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’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “Being the national carrier and a responsible corporate entity, Malaysia Airlines is always prepared to assist our government to ensure our fellow Malaysians are safely back to Malaysia and are away 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.”
Malaysia Airlines was also actively involved in a similar rescue mission of students from Cairo during the unrest in 2011.