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Old September 10th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #1
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PIA unveils Award's Plus Program

KARACHI, Sindh: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), in its continued quest for excellence to be a world class airline, has been providing services to its customers with Awards Plus being an exclusive programme for customers who frequently travel with PIA. It allows travellers to earn points for traveling with PIA based on distance travelled, class of service purchased and membership tier status. These points can be exchanged for free tickets, excess baggage vouchers, cabin upgrades and many other exciting rewards, says a PIA press release issued here on Tuesday.

The programme offers three membership tiers based on point accumulation and segments traveled. The first membership, Emerald tier is a basic level for new members offering benefits such as 500 bonus points upon enrollment, 10 per cent bonus points for traveling in Economy Plus class, 25 per cent bonus points for traveling in Club Class.

The second membership that passengers can acquire is Sapphire Tier upon accumulation of at least 30,000 points or 25 segments in a calendar year. In addition to Emerald tier privileges, Sapphire status offers benefits like 25 per cent bonus points for traveling on any PIA segment, check-in at business class counters, 50 per cent extra free baggage allowance (not applicable for journeys to the US and Canada).

The third and highest membership offering is the Diamond tier, where members acquire Diamond tier status upon accumulation of at least 70,000 points or 50 segments in a calendar year. In addition to Emerald tier privileges, Diamond status offers benefits including 50 per cent bonus points for traveling on any PIA segment 100 per cent extra free baggage allowance (not applicable for journeys to the US and Canada), cheek-in at business class counters, access to all business class airport lounges, regardless of class of services traveled and kerb-side check-in facility at airports, where available.

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Leased planes to replace Fokkers

MULTAN, Punjab: Interior State Minister Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal Warraich disclosed on Friday that the government had contacted Australia and some other countries to get some planes on lease to operate these for domestic flights as a makeshift arrangement till delivery of ATR planes.

Addressing a press conference at local Circuit House on Friday evening, he said “We are trying to get some planes on lease to replace Fokkers. These planes will be utilized until we receive our ATR planes.” Referring to the inquiry of tragic plane crash, he said that the probe was underway and a strict action would be taken if any body found guilty of negligence.

He rejected the possibility of any sabotage and said that apparently the incident occurred due to a technical fault. He said that a high level committee had been formed to investigate the matter and everything including cause of incident would become clear after completion of inquiry.

He further disclosed that another inquiry had also been initiated into delay of delivery of ATR planes. “Now the government has also launched a probe into this matter as to why the delivery has been delayed,” he maintained. He said that the cabinet unanimously decided to ground Fokker planes, although the government would have to face financial and commercial hardships after this decision. He said that the routes on which Fokkers were operating had never been profitable but the government did not close operation on these routes for the sake of masses convenience.

He said that the air crash was a great loss for the country as it deprived the nation of precious scientists, judges, army men, doctors and lawyers.

He asked the city district Nazim Mian Faisal Mukhtar to prepare a flight schedule suiting to local business community and other travelers and he would try to get it approved by the Prime Minister and ministry of defence.

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PAF C-130s start operating PIA flights to Northern Areas

ISLAMABAD, Capital Territory: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has started operating its fleet of C-130s aircraft to airlift the passengers in the Northern Areas with immediate effect.

PAF C-130s have launched passenger services operations on the Islamabad-Gilgit and Peshawar-Chitral routes.

Earlier, PIA Fokker flights were operating on these Northern Areas air routes.

The decision to employ PAF C-130s for uplifting PIA passengers has been taken to reduce the hardships caused to the people due to grounding of PIA Fokker aircraft by the government.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan
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Mahan Air to start Lahore-Tehran flights



LAHORE, Punjab: The Government of Pakistan has approved in principle to allow Mahan Air (link: www.mahan.aero) of the Islamic Republic of Iran for two flights in a week from Lahore to Tehran and back. The airline’s inaugural flight for Tehran will leave on July 5 from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Mahan Air is a private airline of Iran which has appointed M/s TSY (Pvt) as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for Pakistan.

TSY is already connected to 5400 offices worldwide and the only travel company in Pakistan to float ‘online ticket rates with fixed pricing’.

Zia Haider Rizvi while talking to The News said that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had approved the flights while the formal sanctions would be issued within next few days. He said there was no direct flight for Lahore-Tehran-Lahore for the last many years.

He said the passengers traveling to Tehran and from Tehran to Lahore had to stay for about 12 hours at Dubai Airport with no hotel facility.

He said the start of Lahore-Tehran-Lahore flights by Mahan Air was the result of open sky policy of President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz adding the two flights in a week would strengthen Pakistan-Iran relations.

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PIA must improve or it will be privatised: PAC

ISLAMABAD, Capital Territory: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly has told the administration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to reverse its losses or face privatisation.

“The government cannot spend billions of rupees from the national exchequer just to run a public sector organisation continuously running into losses,” PAC Chairman Malik Allah Yar Khan said as the committee considered the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP)’s report on PIA for 2000-01.

“It is difficult for us to condone such strong objections of the AGP without solid reasons coming from the PIA management,” Mr Khan said, noting the many financial irregularities mentioned in the report.

Committee members expressed dissatisfaction at the PIA’s replies to most of the audit objections, but settled the objections with instructions to the management to improve its performance.

Maj (r) Tanvir Hussain Syed, the parliamentary defence secretary in the National Assembly, told the committee that PIA’s losses were largely due to increasing oil prices, which accounted for some Rs 5.10 billion in losses. “The total portion of oil prices of the PIA operating costs was 48 percent during the last year,” Maj Tanvir said.

Maj Syed said that the defence minister had ordered an inquiry into mismanagement at the administrative level and the parliamentary secretary would head the inquiry himself.

During discussion of the audit report on the PIA-owned Roosevelt Hotel in New York, the PAC chairman observed that the army should concentrate on defence affairs and not run other institutions.

“I think the army should not run other institutions. Should the defence secretary be looking after armed forces affairs or the business concerns of PIA? I think the PIA board should come under its chairman rather than the defence secretary,” he said.

Maj Syed opposed the privatisation of Roosevelt Hotel, saying it had been making profit for quite some time. PIA officials said the prime minister had referred the matter to the Privatisation Commission.

Committee members expressed concern over PIA’s handling of an official found guilty of fraud. According to the audit objection, Arif Qadri, the PIA station manager in Jakarta, fraudulently withdrew Rs 900,000 from PIA. He reimbursed the money, and his punishment was that his promotion was put on hold.

“It is surprising that this man is serving in the PIA despite proven charges of forgery, while hundreds of women, especially airhostesses, have been removed because they submitted fake medical certificates for a few days leave,” said Maj Syed.

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Pak-Uzbek ties to grow with increased air links

LAHORE, Punjab: Uzbekistan Airways has started direct flights from three Pakistani cities - Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, with five flights from Lahore, seven from Karachi and two from Islamabad to Tashkent every week.

The launch ceremony of Uzbek Airlines was held at a local hotel Wednesday night with Punjab ministers Muhammad Ajmal Cheema and Mian Imran Masood chief guests on the occasion, says a handout issued here on Thursday.

Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Mr Oybek Arif Usman, Ambassador of Pakistan to Uzbekistan, Sajjad Kamran, Country Manager Arif Ruzimurad and acting president LCCI, Abdul Basit were also present.

Addressing the ceremony, Ajmal Cheema said that relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan will be further strengthened with the commencement of direct flights from Pakistan to Tashkent, as will the investment opportunities between the two countries with the exchange of trade and business delegations. This will further benefit the rapid economic growth in South Asia, he added.

The minister said the air travel time between Lahore and Tashkent which was 24 hours earlier, had now been shortened to barely 2.5 hours.

Imran Masood observed that Tashkent with its splendid Islamic background and the similarity of cultural and aesthetic heritage between the two countries was already a strong bond, and said that mutual exchange of cultural and educational delegations would further strengthen ties.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan


Here is the outline for the Lahore-Tashkent service

This is the Lahore route...

Days of operation: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Type of aircraft -- Boeing - 757

Flight number - HY461
Departure from Tashkent – 22:20 (Monday)
Arrival to Lahore – 00:40 (Tuesday)
Flight number - HY462
Departure from Lahore – 11:00 (Tuesday)
Arrival to Tashkent – 13:30 (Tuesday)

Flight number - HY463/464
Departure from Tashkent – 10:30(Wednesday)
Arrival to Lahore – 12:50 (Wednesday)
Flight number - HY464
Departure from Lahore – 22:30 (Wednesday)
Arrival to Tashkent – 01:00 (Thursday)

Flight number HY465
Departure from Tashkent – 22:40 (Thursdays)
Arrival to Lahore – 01:00 (Fridays)
Flight number HY466
Departure from Lahore – 11:15 (Fridays)
Arrival to Tashkent – 13:45 (Fridays)
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Emirates SkyCargo Flies Pakistani Mangoes to the World

KARACHI, Pakistan: As the summer season approaches its height, Emirates SkyCargo is actively involved in the export of Pakistani agricultural products. The carrier’s sizeable capacity, frequent flights and specialized technology to handle perishable commodities allows it to make a notable contribution in bringing one of the country’s best known export products to the rest of the world: mangoes.

As per the Economic Survey of Pakistan for the period 2005-06, total mango exports from Pakistan stood at 288,805 tons during the last fiscal. Out of this total, 7,165 tons were exported only to Europe, with major trade movement to United Kingdom. Other popular European destinations for mango exports include Athens, Gothenburg, Rome, Vienna and Zurich. Key Middle Eastern markets are Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh.

To meet this growing demand, Emirates Airline provides some of the best frequencies to Europe with 13 daily flights to UK, more than seven daily flights to Germany and freighter services to Vienna, Rome, Zurich , Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich.

“Emirates is strongly committed to serving the Pakistan market and mangoes are an important export commodity. The most important factor in the export of perishables such as mangoes is ensuring quick shipment to destination markets. We are helping traders to avail themselves of our vast distribution network by creating supply chain efficiencies that allow the quick delivery of consignments and ease in customs clearance,” said Ram Menen, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President for Cargo.

“Specialized customer services provided by Emirates SkyCargo play an important role in the transport of perishables. SkyChain, Emirates SkyCargo's fully automated system for management of cargo logistics, provides customers with an integrated network of information and business support systems,” he added.

Emirates SkyCargo currently operates 44 flights from Pakistan including six dedicated cargo flights which offer approximately 1,400 tons of cargo capacity per week. Most of Emirates SkyCargo’s connections arrive at the destination by mid afternoon the following day, in time for consumer market sales.

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Kiev becomes new destination on PIA network

LAHORE: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in pursuance of its mission to add new markets through participation in global alliances, has entered into Code Share Agreement with Aerosvit Airlines of Ukraine.

This arrangement will allow its valued customers to travel four days a week between Karachi and Kiev with effect from September 1 this year.

PIA and Aerosvit will code share on flights between Karachi and Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. PIA will be operating between Karachi and Dubai with Aerosvit as the participating carrier, while PIA will be the participating carrier on Aerosvit operated flights between Dubai and Kiev.

Passengers will travel under PIA documents, on PIA flights numbers, from Karachi to Kiev and back, with change of planes at Dubai, says a PIA release.

By adding Kiev on PIA network, the national carrier will provide access to markets in Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.

It may be recalled that PIA entered into first ever code share agreement with Turkish airlines on flights between Pakistan and Turkey.

PIA now offers five weekly flights to Istanbul, four from Karachi and one from Islamabad.

Flights from Islamabad will be enhanced to three, so as to provide a daily link between Pakistan and Turkey.

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CAA Privatisation Plans Fly High
By Masood Anwar

Following the privatisation of nationalized banks, Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) and some financial institutions, the federal government is now on its way to privatise the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

To do this deed, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has appointed a civilian, Farooq Rehmatullah – the chief of Shell Pakistan, as the director general of the CAA. He is expected to take charge of his new office on August 22, this year.

The government had already appointed a Dubai based consultant M/S McKinsey and Company, last year, to follow through with its plan for privatisation. McKinsey report under the title of ‘Reorienting Pakistan’s CAA" in June 2005.

According to high placed sources in the ministry of defence, the main task of the new chief executive of the CAA is to make grounds for the implementation of the McKinsey report, which makes it an integral part of the entire process. The active parts of this report are given below. The report talks about the two separate functions of CAA. The first is the commercial activities of the Aviation Authority that has to be privatised and the second one is the regulatory activities that will not be privatised.

The McKinsey report recommends the separation of the airport operations from the regulatory function. Air traffic control should stay with the regulatory function for now in order to emphasis that it is not striving for profits. Both regulation and air traffic control should be placed under the Chief Executive like other regulators. The airport operations could stay with the government and considered partial or full privatisation at a later stage. Separating the roles is a precondition for developing the airports into a commercial organization.

Airports: To actively promote the volumes of air passengers and cargo in Pakistan, efficiently manage the costs and investment of civil aviation infrastructure, maximize economic returns on the assets it controls and facilitate civil air transport that is safe, satisfying for passengers and presents a positive image of Pakistan.

Regulator: To actively promote the volumes of air passengers and cargo in Pakistan, support the growth of Pakistan International Airlines without preventing the growth of other domestic or international airlines, ensure the adequacy of domestic coverage and convenience of international connectivity to Pakistan and facilitate civil air transport that is safe, satisfying for passengers and presents a positive image of Pakistan.

Air Traffic Control: To ensure that the safety of air traffic in Pakistan meets the highest international standards and to operate in an efficient manner that facilitates the promotion of volumes of air passengers and cargo.

The separation of the airports can be initiated and effectively established by the CAA itself. Only the formal organizational separation requires support by other stakeholders. The formal separation of the organisation requires a change in the ordinances, which requires a motion in parliament to establish an independent airports group and to shift the governance of regulatory function from the ministry of defence to the chief executive.

Commercial management: For this purpose, the CAA employs some management talent. In spite of strong motivation among the directors to drive a commercially successful and growing airport business, the degree of frustration with limited decision-making freedom, lengthy and bureaucratic decision processes, and lack of business information seems to be high. No immediate financial incentives are available for achieving CAA’s financial or other business objectives, prompting charges of corruption to take business initiatives at the airports – further encouraging inertia. Promotion paths or managerial appointments are hardly linked with the commercial performance.

Key positions to be created: The report also recommends that key positions be given to newly appointed, commercially experienced managers. These positions include, deputy director general, director of finance, director commercial (aviation), and director operations.

McKinsey report also discussed the airport network in the country at length. At this point, only four airports Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar generate operating profits for the CAA. The other airports eat up almost half of that profit. In order to optimise the airport network, the McKinsey report recommends the assessment of unprofitable airports and developing strategies to either close or develop these. Partnering with the private sector should be considered in order to reduce the financial burden of airport development.

A much stronger lever would be to reconsider the international gateway concept. Since the opening of the Northern gateways, feeder traffic to Karachi and Lahore has been replaced with direct international connectivity, reducing travel time and costs of passengers. At the same time, international traffic has been fragmented and demand for international connections from Karachi is now much lower than five years ago.

This is one of the reasons why direct international long haul connections to Karachi have been replaced by feeder traffic into the Gulf hubs. No Pakistani airport currently has sufficient demand to attract foreign international airlines with long-haul flights. Instead of aggregating demand in Karachi, the Gulf carriers are now aggregating the Pakistani demand in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain – making these airports the Pakistani hub airports to the world.

To attract the international airlines at the main hub, the consultant recommended cutting incentives to airlines for international flights from the other international airports or charging extra fee. They also recommended collecting traffic from rural airports to support Karachi in becoming the main hub.

The Civil Aviation Authority cannot decide on any airport becoming hub – only airlines can create hubs by providing attractive onward connections for their passengers at the airport of their choice. Since the airlines are better at optimising networks to meet demand patterns, they should be left to provide whether or not any of the other airports are sufficiently attractive to keep for international connections.

There is no feasibility study underlying the business plan traffic assumptions, even though estimated growth exceeds current growth at Islamabad. Considering that the estimates made for the new Lahore airport at the same time never did materialise, the CAA should engage in a more thorough review of the traffic projections before any investment decision is made.

Real estate around Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports is said to have a market value of around $240 million. If developed successfully, this land could be worth $1.5 to $2 billion. This potential value might be one of the reasons why the land has only been developed haphazardly until now. Several stakeholders want a stay in the process and thereby hinder rather than support a successful development.

Since the land cannot be sold, joint ventures seem the best mode for engaging private-sector developers. The CAA could set up a subsidiary into which the real estate assets are rolled. This subsidiary can then enter into equity partnership and mortgage the land to raise the necessary funds for joint development, as suggested by McKinsey report.

Other recommendations include:

(1) Business gateway (and possible future hub) at Karachi with business support infrastructure (wireless local area network, meeting facilities, business hotels and business services

(2) Tourist gateway at Lahore with hotels, recreational facilities and organized tours from the airport to major tourist cities.

(3) Airport city at Islamabad with residential and educational property development.

Source: CAA Privatisation Plans Fly High
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A Rs. 83M Plan For Quetta Airport

QUETTA, Balochistan: The federal government has approved a project for the Quetta international airport to provide night-landing facility. The project will cost Rs82 million.

A meeting, presided over by Balochistan Chief Secretary K. B. Rind, reviewed the plan.

The meeting was told that land had been acquired around the Quetta airbase and owners had been compensated.

Presently planes could not land at the Quetta airport after sunset.

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Peshawar - London Standed Service Has Begun

KARACHI, Sindh: Peshawar has been connected with Europe with first ever PIA flight PK-773 left for Stansted, London, at 7:00AM on Saturday. PIA is operating once a week flight from Peshawar to Stansted, London, via Karachi. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIA, Tariq Kirmani, has appreciated the efforts made by the airline for addition of UK as a new destination from Peshawar.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

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PIA now flies between Peshawar and London

PESHAWAR, NWFP: For the first time in the history of NWFP the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started a weekly flight between Peshawar and London.

The first flight on the route was operated from Peshawar on September 2. The second such flight would leave Peshawar for London today (September 9).

The flight leaves Peshawar every Saturday at 7:30AM and makes a stop at Karachi. The passengers from Peshawar undergo immigration and customs checks at Peshawar and remain onboard when the plane lands at Karachi. Once Karachi passengers board the plane, it flies to London arriving there at 2:30PM.

Abrahim Yousafzai, PIA district manager for NWFP, told 'The News' that the fare for the return ticket from Peshawar-London-Peshawar was Rs 28,800 only. He said the passengers in London are also provided free of cost drop facility from the airport to central London.

He said the flight to London was started due to persistent demand from the passengers in the NWFP. He said the response to the flight had been tremendous and the demand for the tickets would grow as people come to know about it. Following the introduction of the flight to London, there are now 18 international flights by PIA operating out of Peshawar. There are flights to three destinations in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Then there are PIA flights to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and to Kuwait, Doha in Qatar, Muscat and Kabul.

The PIA district manager said starting a flight between Peshawar and Kuala Lumpur would also be a profitable venture due to the fact that a large number of people from Buner, Swat and other parts of NWFP were serving in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and other countries in the Far East.

He said the timings of PIA flights between Peshawar and Dubai had been changed on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:45AM in the morning to 4:15PM in the afternoon to facilitate passengers. “The passengers from far-off places in the NWFP faced problem catching the early morning flight to Dubai from Peshawar. Driving to Peshawar during the night was risky and many of them spent the night in hotel or outside the airport. Now they can easily reach Peshawar to catch the afternoon flight to Dubai,” he explained. PIA operates seven days a week flights from Peshawar to Dubai. The timings on Thursdays and Fridays have been changed for the time-being while the remaining flights five times a week are still flying out of Peshawar in the mornings.

Abrahim Yousafzai said efforts were also being made to operate flights between Peshawar and Karachi at the same time every day. He said presently there was no uniformity in these timings as the PIA flight to Karachi leaves Peshawar at different times every day of the week. He conceded it was confusing to operate flights on the Peshawar-Karachi route at different times every day.

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PK 257 Makes Emergency Landing At Doha

DOHA, Qatar: PK 257 (AP-BCC, B737) did an emergency landing on Sunday, 3rd Sep' 2006, in Doha, Qatar. Pk 257 operated by Capt. Shayyan Haqee and First Officer Faisal Janjua landed safely in Doha when during descent they lost the right elevator and on the approach did not had landing gear indications.

The pilots did a remarkable job and handle the situation in a very professional manner.

Detail Report: This aircraft was reported unserviceable by incoming crew of the previous flight (PK 393,Capt T H Sherazi and FO Narejo).

Capt Shayyan haqee and FO Faisal Janjua were detailed on Pk 257 (KHI-DOH-KHI). When they came on the aircraft they found engineers working on the aircraft and then after a little while aircraft was released for the flight to Doha. They were 2 Ground Engineers on board also. During all phase of flight, crew was experiencing airframe vibration and the same was reported to the Ground Engineers on board. While desending into Doha, there was a very loud bang and aircraft started shaking badly. The crew declared an emergency, while on the approach when they extended the landing gear there was no indication in the cockpit. the crew discontinued the approach and made a low pass at 1000ft to get verification from the tower for landing gear extension and then did a visual check through cabin too. They made another approach and landed safely. The ATC of Doha were very helpful. They were no injuries and passengers were all safe.

After landing when crew went to see the external checks they saw a complete right elevator ripped off and if they had delayed few more minute they would have lost the whole Stabilizer and that would have been a big disaster.For 3 days cockpit crew were in Doha and they left on the 6th September. Aircraft was ferry back by the same crew.
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Airline passengers soon to enjoy onboard use of cell phones

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan may soon become one of the few Asian nations where cellular connectivity would even be available at a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet onboard a passenger jet.

The next-generation technology would enable air passengers to safely use their own phones to make calls and receive voice, text messages and use GPRS to surf the Internet at normal international roaming charges.

The hardware design is based on standard avionic architecture with a cabin antenna solution. A control panel manages the activation, deactivation and mode of operation of the system, for example, implementing “quiet times” during the flight.

The nascent technology is meant to ease the use and billed directly to the user’s mobile account as a standard international roaming ground call instead of a passenger making phone calls from onboard telephone’s unfamiliar interface and making payments through tricky credit card swapping.

The required hardware can be quickly installed in aircraft and there are very low system maintenance requirements.

Last year, AeroMobile - an airborne mobile connectivity company formed jointly by ARINC and Telenor ASA - formed part of the Boeing ‘Going the Distance Tour’ to showcase its latest invention on a B777-200LR to over 20 countries world wide, and also on the World’s longest commercial airliner flight (35 hours) made by that aircraft in November 2005 from Hong Kong to London.

Several countries around the world - UAE, Sweden, Belguin, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, United States etc - have already granted full authorisations to Aeromobile for the use of the technology, while discussions are in advanced stages in dozens of other countries.

Telenor Pakistan is facilitating high level discussions to enable management at Aeromobile, owner of the GSM on Air technology, to establish the system in Pakistan, said Norwegian company’s Executive Vice President, Irfan Wahab Khan, in a press briefing.

“Telenor Pakistan is pleased to establish a dialogue between Aeromobile and the Pakistani government. We are hopeful that discussion will be beneficial for the local customers and bring yet another technological innovation to the country,” Irfan said.

“Telenor would like to see Pakistan to be one of the first countries to have the GSM on Board technology,” Irfan added.

Source: The News

On the Net: Telenor Pakistan

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Defence Day of Pakistan is celebrated every Septemeber 6th, to comemorate the war which Pakistan fought in 1965 against india. Pakistan's Air Force specifically played the most important role, in defeating the enemy. We salute all our armed forces, and the men and women who fell in the in 1965. Rest in Peace.









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