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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #221
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Old May 27th, 2016, 10:34 PM   #225
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Is this a local airline?
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Yes it is, they will start operations with 737-800s.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 10:18 PM   #227
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Interview - Bernd Hildenbrand, COO Pakistan International Airlines - Reinvention

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) continues a rocky path as efforts toward semi-privatization have failed and the company’s financial losses increased last year. But this year, the Pakistan government brought in Bernd Hildenbrand, a German national, as COO. With previous experience at Lufthansa—he was based in Malaysia overseeing its cargo operations—Hildenbrand is tasked with overseeing a modernization of PIA that aims to improve service and grow the carrier’s network, market share and customer base.

What has been your experience since joining PIA?

PIA is on a fundamental path of change, encouraged by the government, to move into a new era. The carrier has become rather old-fashioned over the years. We want to change this, improve the product and bring PIA to a standard similar to that of other world carriers. One of our problems is that our onboard cabins have never been changed; this unsatisfactory situation applies across our fleet. So this is one of the things we are working on. Up to five Boeing 777s will be reconfigured with new business- and economy-class cabins, new inflight entertainment systems and services. The first reconfigured aircraft should be available from February 2017.

The company has also transitioned into a limited company, and that means I’m now taking care of the business. The Pakistan prime minister realized that PIA has to change and he is serious about it doing so. His vision is to see PIA reach the kind of service levels you see at Etihad Airways or Emirates Airline.

Give an update on the current fleet and what is needed?

Our last remaining four Airbus A310-300s will leave the fleet after the Hajj pilgrim season later this year. PIA operates 11 Airbus A320s—and that will increase to 13—as well as 11 Boeing 777s [-200ER/200LR/300ER] and 10 ATR 42/72s. These aircraft have an average age of 10 years. We are looking for additional long-haul capacity, for example with Airbus A330s. The A321 would be ideal for our needs, but it’s impossible to get one.

Where are your focus markets?

Our main airport is Karachi, but the metropolis is no longer the center it once was. The best business for PIA will be generated from Islamabad and Lahore. They are our future cities. Our best routes are from those two cities to London. Another important route is Peshawar-Kuala Lumpur. One of our biggest problems is that we don’t have a dedicated hub. Therefore, we need to create some new concepts. When Islamabad gets a new airport in July next year—which will be similar in construction to Singapore Changi’s Terminal 2—this will be the perfect facility. This will be an important part of PIA’s reinvention. Our administrative headquarters are based in Karachi, but we have transferred some of them to Islamabad.

Are staffing levels and productivity where you want them to be?

About 500 employees leave the company annually and we do not replace them all. Our cost structure is quite good and we are making improvements. We are evaluating, for example, how to establish a joint venture for catering and this would be done with the best caterer in the market.

We do need to better motivate our employees. In the past, there has been new management every year and that has created frustration. But it is quite easy to motivate employees. There are so many areas on the agenda where we can improve. Cabin cleaning is a must. An aircraft must smell clean. Also, a new brand and livery should be available by the end of the year.

With maintenance, PIA now does its A320 C checks in house and our engine shop is becoming specialized in the CFM56 engine. We have also begun landing gear maintenance. All in all, our maintenance performance is good, but there is room for improvement.

What about on-time performance?

We improved our on-time performance from 60% to more than 80%. In the last few months this increased to 95%. But this created a new problem because some passengers started missing their flights once PIA became more punctual. Airport infrastructure issues also create some headaches. For example, Islamabad airport has no taxiway, so aircraft have to do a lot of backtracking. Sometimes, heavy rain affects operations. Still, we operate around 80 domestic flights per day and 55 on international routes. Besides London and Kuala Lumpur, flights to Toronto and New York are very important to us.

Do the major Gulf carriers make it hard to compete?

Emirates operates from Dubai to seven destinations in Pakistan. That’s not easy for us to defend against at the moment. To do so, we would need more aircraft and have to re-evaluate our crew base in Dubai. I hope this happens in 18 months when we might be able to base three aircraft in Dubai. There are 1.5 million Pakistanis living in Dubai. Our market share there has dropped to 9%.

So how do you envision PIA looking in the future?

PIA will grow from 38 aircraft to 60 by 2020. All three carriers in the nation—PIA, Shaheen Air and Air Blue—have a total of 70 aircraft combined. In a country with nearly 200 million inhabitants, that‘s really nothing and it creates a lot of potential for growth. It is still too early to dream of being part of a global alliance, but we have codeshares with Etihad, Turkish Airlines and Thai Airways, We would like to extend that with more agreements. In five years, PIA should be delivering a much better service, be focused on what’s important, and operating daily flights with harmonized schedules.
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Pakistan sees a rise in seat capacity of 23%

22 commercial airports, only one is reporting a reduction in capacity

Pakistan’s commercial airports have seen major growth in capacity in the past 12 months, as S15 seat capacity is showing a rise of 23%. Of all the airports in Pakistan, the one that is recording the greatest growth in capacity is Gwadar (13th largest in S15), which is showing an increase in capacity of 73%. A total of eight airports are recording a growth rate over the past 12 months that is greater than 60%, with four of these airports being in the top 12 (highlighted in light green). Only one airport is showing a decline in capacity when compared with S14, Skardu. The 14th largest airport in 2015 was the 11th biggest last year. However, the facility has witnessed a decline in seat capacity of 14% according to OAG Schedules Analyser. In the top 12, the airport order pretty much remains constant, with Multan (+64%), Quetta (+62%) and Faisalabad (+61%) all climbing one place as a result of all of them seeing a growth of over 60%. Turbat is a new airport to the top 12 (13th in S14) as a result of Skardu’s capacity decrease.
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http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/4...se-seven-a319s

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Shaheen Air International (NL, Karachi Int'l) is planning to lease seven A319-100s from AerCap with the aircraft set to undergo modifications with Airbus Upgrade Services.

Aside from several cosmetic changes, the aircraft will be reconfigured with 150 seats as well as a suite of systems and avionics upgrades (including ‘ADS-B Out’) to meet forthcoming Air Traffic Management (ATM) regulations. They will also feature an increased maximum take-off weight capability of 75.5 tonnes to suit forthcoming operations.

The embodiments are scheduled from the fourth quarter of 2016.

Shaheen Air operates eight A320-200s, four A330-200s, three A330-300s, and eight B737-400s all of which are leased from a variety of firms which, aside from AerCap, include AAR Aircraft Sales & Leasing, Aergo Capital, Alterna Aviation, and Whitney Leasing.
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AerCap A319s to be upgraded for Shaheen operations

DATE: JULY 12, 2016


Aercap and Airbus Upgrade Services have agreed a deal to facilitate the transition of seven leased A319s for operations with Shaheen airlines based in Karachi, Pakistan. The modifications package from Airbus includes a newly branded interior, the integration of new seats in a 150 passenger layout (taking benefits of the recent extended seating capacity certification), a suite of systems and avionics upgrades (including ‘ADS-B Out’) to meet forthcoming Air Traffic Management (ATM) regulations, an increased take-off weight capability of 75.5 tonnes to suit forthcoming operations and new Shaheen livery.

The embodiments are scheduled from the fourth quarter of 2016. Thanks to the deal, Shaheen will be able to significantly grow its fleet and operations in order to explore new markets. This deal also reinforces Services by Airbus’ integrator role for aircraft transition services with leasing companies. These principally cover modification services including engineering, certification, parts, logistics management and even livery changes – with the solutions being certified worldwide.

Source: aviationnews-online.com
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Confirmed: PIA to Get Eight New Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Pakistan International Airline has confirmed to induct eight new fuel efficient 787 Dreamliners to its fleet with deliveries starting as early as mid next year.

This started when President and CEO of Boeing wrote a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan earlier in August and offered the lease of multiple 787 Dreamliners.

Boeing had then invited Pakistani government to get its latest flagship 787 Dreamliner jets. The airliner maker had also extended all sorts of support for a smooth transition and adoption of new jets.

Now we are getting reports that PIA is determined to get eight 787 dreamliners as a BBC journalist confirmed the news on his twitter.

Boeing 787 Dreamliners are billed as most fuel efficient jets and are used for both long and mid-range routes.

It maybe recalled that PIA just retired its five A310s with an aim to replace them with better airliners.

PIA has been making efforts lately to revive its glory by targeting both economy and premium customers.

PIA’s Premier Service, with all modern in-flight facilities, is particularly an effort to bring back premium flyers.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size widebody plane that comes with up to 335 passenger capacity in various configurations.

PIA will use these new aircraft for its long-haul routes to Europe, US and East Asia.


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Confirmed: PIA to Get Eight New Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Pakistan International Airline has confirmed to induct eight new fuel efficient 787 Dreamliners to its fleet with deliveries starting as early as mid next year.

This started when President and CEO of Boeing wrote a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan earlier in August and offered the lease of multiple 787 Dreamliners.

Boeing had then invited Pakistani government to get its latest flagship 787 Dreamliner jets. The airliner maker had also extended all sorts of support for a smooth transition and adoption of new jets.

Now we are getting reports that PIA is determined to get eight 787 dreamliners as a BBC journalist confirmed the news on his twitter.

Boeing 787 Dreamliners are billed as most fuel efficient jets and are used for both long and mid-range routes.

It maybe recalled that PIA just retired its five A310s with an aim to replace them with better airliners.

PIA has been making efforts lately to revive its glory by targeting both economy and premium customers.

PIA’s Premier Service, with all modern in-flight facilities, is particularly an effort to bring back premium flyers.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size widebody plane that comes with up to 335 passenger capacity in various configurations.

PIA will use these new aircraft for its long-haul routes to Europe, US and East Asia.


https://propakistani.pk/2016/09/07/c...7-dreamliners/
Which variant is PIA getting: the -8, -9, or -10? I hope it would be the -9 so that it can fly a lot of passengers for longer flights, but I think the -8 as a starter is good as well. I could foresee PIA expanding flights to the US to a point that nonstop flights between Pakistan and many US airports possible using the Dreamliner.
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Nothing is on the paper yet. The info we've so far is that they are interested in -8 or both -8 and-9 variants.
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