Malaysia Airlines now expects to launch Project Amal by late 2018 or early 2019, a slight delay, according to Group CEO, Izham Ismail.

"It will be launched earliest in the 4Q 2018 or 1Q 2019 at the latest," he said.

The carrier is currently applying for its AOC and finalizing its logo and branch, for the 100% subsidiary of the Group.

Project Amal plans to offer charter services for pilgrimages utilizing six A380s.