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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #221
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THAI as per 03MAY10 GDS timetable display is showing flight increases to Pakistan between June and August, mainly to Karachi and Lahore. Details:

Bangkok – Karachi Increase from 4 to 5 weekly from 18JUN10 to 06AUG10. New flight operates on Friday
Bangkok – Lahore Increase from 4 weekly to 6 from 02JUL10 to 30JUL10. New flight operates on Day 35
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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #222
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Al-Jazeerah Airways starts direct flights from Kuwait to Lahore !

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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #223
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PIA started flights to Chicago from June 02
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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #224
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Al-Jazeerah Airways starts direct flights from Kuwait to Lahore !

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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #225
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The low-cost airline to start Karachi service from June 21

6 May, 2010
DUBAI — Flydubai on Wednesday unveiled its plan to make foray into Pakistan by starting a daily service to port city of Karachi. The low-cost airline will operate daily flights to Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital from June 21 and a one-way fare, including all taxes and one piece of hand luggage, is priced at Dh300.

The Dubai-based airline, established in March 2008 with start-up capital of D250 million, is continuing the rapid expansion of its network. Karachi, popularly referred to as the city of lights, is the sixth new route announced flydubai within a span of four weeks, bringing the airline’s growing route network to an impressive 19 destinations.

“Karachi would play an important role in expanding flydubai’s reach and will make a significant difference to the Pakistani expatriates working in the UAE,” Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said.

Flydubai flight (FZ333) will depart Dubai from Sunday to Thursday at 0815 hours and arrive in Karachi at 1125 hours. The return flight, FZ334, will leave at 1210 hours arriving in Dubai at 1320 hours local time. On Fridays and Saturdays FZ333 will depart Dubai at 1135 hours and arrive in Karachi at 1445 hours. The return flight, FZ334, will leave at 1530 hours and arrive in Dubai at 1640 hours local time.

“This new move by flydubai will provide not only excellent competition and connections between the two cities, but both Air Arabia and Jazeera Airways will likely make a move here too,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at FBE Aerospace, London. Pakistan is home to many of the expatriate workers in the UAE and the low-cost flights to Karachi are expected to create a large demand on Dubai-Karach-Dubai sector.

There are currently more than 700,000 expatriates from Pakistan working in the UAE and an extra opportunity for them to travel back home has to be good news. We are in the business of bringing more people together more often and we can see the Karachi route being a very busy one indeed,” Al Ghaith said.

“I also expect that before the year is out, flydubai will extend its footprint in Pakistan to include Islamabad and Lahore — this might pose trouble for PIA which is under severe financial distress, but customers will not lose out as they can select a more efficient airline and one with potential to grow, expand and offer better services,” Ahmad said.

The UAE is also Pakistan’s biggest source of foreign remittance through banking channels. The bilateral trade between the two countries was around $6 billion (Dh22.04 billion) in 2009, making the UAE the second largest trade partner of Pakistan.

“Pakistan is already a very close trading partner with the UAE and there is always the potential for even more commercial ties. One of our goals is to use the flydubai routes as a means for people to forge new friendships, visit new places and new cultures, to experience new destinations and to enjoy new relationships, whether for business or pleasure,” Al Ghaith said.

Flydubai, which began operations in June, placed a $4 billion order for 50 single-aisle Boeing 737 planes at the Farnborough Air Show in England in 2008 and now operates a fleet of seven aircraft. It expects to have 13 aircraft by the end of 2010 and to take delivery of seven to eight planes every year thereafter.

The airline will soon start service to Assiut and Luxor-Egypt, Istanbul-Turkey, Kabul-Afghanistan and Latakia-Syria.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayA...ess_May122.xml

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Looks like UAE based airlines are going to chase everyone else out from the competition. More bad news for PIA and reduced chances for any EU airline returning to pakistan.
I wonder why no pakistani airline came up with this idea?
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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #226
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Photos of Sialkot Airport (sharred frm pakistan aviation)






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Karachi Airport Plane Spotting April 2010 ©

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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #232
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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #233
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Multan Airport: Prime Minister performs ground-breaking of passenger terminal


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MULTAN (June 21 2010): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday performed the ground-breaking of a new passenger terminal at Multan airport here. The Rs 4.5 billion project's first phase ie upgradation of the runway from 9,000 feet to 10,500 feet besides apron is in final stage of completion at a cost of Rs 1.8 billion to ensure operations of direct flights between Multan and European and other destinations.

At least two bays will be available for wide-body aircraft such as A340, B777, B747 and cargo planes.

The modern passenger terminal and allied facilities are part of the phase two which will be completed in two years to transform the facility into the most modern and state-of-the-art international airport to ease the discomfort being faced by passengers.

Out of Rs 4.5 billion (US $72.9 million), Rs 3.5 billion were being contributed from the ADP of CAA and the rest of Rs 1 billion were arranged by the federal government.

Minister for Defence Production Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, PM's advisor on IT Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Defence Secretary and chairman CAA board Lieutenant-General Syed Athar Ali and Air Commodore Junaid Amin were present in the ceremony.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that it is the historical moment not only for me but also for all the people of Multan that finally Multan International Airport has been made functional. He expressed these views while inaugurating the passenger terminal building at the newly constructed local airport here on Sunday.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said with the completion of this airport, the new ways of development and progress would open for business and transportation. Tourism industry would flourish in the centuries Old City of Multan and foreign tourists would also get the international standard travelling facilities.

Prime minister criticised the role of former governments on this occasion for this project and said that no other government had tried to complete this project. "It is the top most priority of my government to complete the people welfare projects that's why this great project of Multan is under progress and runway is finally completed", he added.

He assured that Hajj flights would take the Hujjaj directly from Multan to Jeddah in the upcoming Hajj season. With this project not only industry would flourish but the export of vegetables and fruits would also get boom. Our mango industry would especially get benefit with the international airport as our mango would be now available to every part of the world and the farmers of southern Punjab would get a lot of opportunities to export their products.

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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #234
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Pakistan Airport to Receive Departure Control System

Sialkot International Airport Limited has signed an agreement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to install a computerised departure control system at Sialkot International Airport in Pakistan.

The system will allow all passengers travelling from airport to auto check-in. It is expected that PIA will manage this process for all airlines, according to the Pakistan Observer.

PIA will also offer its cargo automation system – Cargo Spot – to help the airport automate its operations.

http://logisticsweek.com/air/2010/07...ontrol-system/
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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #235
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Airbus A380 Perfect For Emirates’ India/Pakistan Operations

India looks forward to a one-off Emirates A380 flight next week. With much of Dubai’s expatriate population coming from India and Pakistan, the big Airbus jet makes great sense for Emirates - this is a prelude of things to come.

While Dubai seems to languish with financial concerns, Emirates one-off flight to Delhi next week will likely kick off a round of evaluations on expanding deployment of the A380 beyond the capital to other cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Emirates faith in the A380 and the transfer strategy through its hub means that capitalising on people movement through the world’s second most populous country (where less than 1% of people actually can afford to fly) should be an awful lot easier once it puts the big jet into India on a regular basis.

India certainly has a more attractive edge than neighbouring Pakistan when it comes to accommodating the A380, but with key hubs like Karachi and Lahore equally looking at A380-compatibility, Emirates regularly serving the subcontinent with high volume configurations is a distinct possibility as more A380s enter its fleet.

Lufthansa would be less than pleased if Emirates started A380 services to India – with the Indian Government worried that such services would divert traffic away (from Air India mostly) from Indian-based airlines, this would be seen as double standards since it was politely turned down to when asked if it could bring its own A380s to the country.

Emirates could equally make use of the A380 for the Hajj pilgrimage as it also sends the type on to Jeddah already - picking up passengers from India for onward travel would take plenty of business away from other carriers. The airline is already pinpointing A380 operations for other cities, such as Manchester, where services start in just over seven weeks time – it is evident Emirates is targeting mass transit passengers for India and Pakistan and putting the airplane to good use, notwithstanding the economic and political ties it shares with each country.

“Jihadi Express” monikers aside, Emirates and the A380 are well suited to hauling large numbers of passengers through its hub – its centralised location in the Persian Gulf for onward connection either to Europe or South East Asia is made all the more easier because it can offer much greater capacity and connectivity than any of its other rivals.

It’s little wonder that the likes of Lufthansa are worried about Emirates' growing influence and its reliance on the A380 to execute its growth plans.

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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:01 PM   #236
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Dunno if this has been posted before...its the Airblue safety video animation.

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Old February 10th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #237
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Such a big cargo,but on the other hand PIA is the very low profile airline.
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According to a contributor at A.net, a PIA 772 was seen at Boston's Logan Airport following an earthquake and consequent evacuation of JFK control tower. I assume that was the PK721 to JFK.
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PIA to operate Airbus A310-300 to Karachi during Eid

Pakistan International Airlines will operate an Airbus A310 on its Doha-Karachi route on August 25 to meet the extra demand for more seats during the Eid season, an official spokesman has said.

The A310 can carry more than 180 passengers.

The flight will depart Doha at the usual time of half past midnight. The airline operates five flights per week to Pakistan.

“Passengers who want to travel to other destinations in Pakistan will be able to avail of the good connections from Karachi,” PIA country manager Jan Mohamed Mahar said.

Seats are also available on the weekend flights, the official said.
“Steps are being taken to make Qatar residents aware of the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and the warm hospitality that awaits visitors to the country.”

The PIA’s local office is open from 9am-12.30pm and 9pm - 11.30pm during Ramadan.

Pakistan International, Pakistan’s national carrier , operates scheduled services to 27 domestic and 42 international destinations in 25 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.

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PIA Training Centre to offer IATA Courses



KARACHI: PIA Training Centre (PTC) is now an Authorized International Air Transport Association (IATA) Training Centre becoming the first IATA Authorized Training Centre in South Asia.

PIA in collaboration with IATA to provide quality training that will benefit the Travel, Cargo Agencies and Regional Airlines. PIA Training Centre will offer IATA courses for the Aviation Sector. Its instructors will conduct IATA courses at the centre as well as at other locations.

The IATA certified training courses offered initially will include Airline Marketing, Finance, Marketing Management, Ground operations, Cargo, Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and Airline Cabin Crew training courses etc. While more IATA certified courses will be offered in the future. This initiative will earn additional revenue for the airline.

A ceremony was held at PIA Training Centre where the Country Head IATA (Pakistan), Mr. Mustafa Khan handed over the Authorized IATA Certified Training approval to Deputy Managing Director PIA, Mr. Saleem Sayani.

Speaking at the occasion Deputy Managing Director PIA, Mr. Saleem Sayani said that PIA Training Centre has played a major role in creating Airline professionals for the Airlines in the region. “We are proud to say that most of the Airlines of the region are trained by PIA Training Centre since 1960”. He added.

He congratulated, Mr. Dilawar Fareed Beg, Director Training & Development PIA, his team and especially the Employee Training Unit for their immense efforts and initiative for making PTC an Authorized Training Centre of IATA & efforts towards making PTC a centre of excellence and one of the best Training Institution of the entire Region.

Director Training and Development PIA, Mr. Dilawar Fareed Beg also spoke on the occasion. Country Head IATA, Mr. Mustafa Khan congratulated PIA on becoming IATA Training Partner. He said that PIA Training Centre is providing training facilities to different airlines and now the PTC will also impart training of a variety of IATA Certified Courses. Chairman Travel Agents Association of Pakistan, Mr. Yahya Polani, Chairman Air Cargo Agents Association of Pakistan, Mr. Jamshed Qureshi, General Manager Cargo PIA, Mr. Sohail Yaqoob and General Manager Market Planning PIA, Mr. Tahir Niaz also spoke on the occasion.


The Ceremony was attended by Directors and Senior Officials of PIA, Executives of Civil Aviation Authority, Representatives of Travel and Cargo Agencies in Pakistan.

PIA training Centre is an Internationally recognized Airline Training Centre for conducting comprehensive training in the major fields of commercial aviation with latest training aids and equipment and has been providing training (according to the industry requirements and standards by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to a large number of pilots, engineers, cabin crew, passengers handling services and marketing and sales professionals from over 30 airlines in the world.

Source: PIA Press Release (March 31, 2011)
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