Self-made businessman wants to launch 'Sharia' airline [Video]

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Kazi Shafiqur Rahman is launching Britain"s first "Sharia compliant" airlineFlights will serve no alcohol, halal meals and have a strict cabin crew dress codeFirnas Airways is leasing a 19-seater Jetstream 32 plane for £8,500 a monthHis journey towards starting his own airline features on...

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  • 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

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A self-styled ‘Halal Richard Branson’ is …

Entrepreneur Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, 32, is hoping his dream will take off and one day hopes to see his firm Firnas Airways fly long haul to the Middle East

The entrepreneur inside his 19 seater Jetstream 32 plane that will fly commuter routes between UK cities

Richard Branson on one of his planes
Mr Branson started Virgin Atlantic in 1984

Mr Rahman, who came to the UK from Bangladesh in 1997 when he was 11-years-old, left school with just one GCSE, and landed a job cleaning toilets at London City Airport

Mr Rahman's rags to riches story has seen him start perfume business Sunnamusk with just £600, which now has five retail outlets across the country.

Mr Rahman inspects the ATR 72  turbo prop plane, but his dream begins to fall apart as deals fall through and money becomes an issue

The documentary on tonight follows the highs and lows of his airline bid, as he opens negotiations to operate out of Lydd Airport in Ashford, Kent, and Waterford airport in Ireland

Firnas Airways is now just months way from operating its first commercial flights, and Mr Rahman believes it could just be two or three years before his dream of long haul is recognised