It was told by Chief Operating Officer-Air
Blue, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a press conference here Thursday after
signing the deal with Vice President Sales-Airbus, Abdellah Sbai.
Khaqan Abbasi said that Airblue currently
operates three A320 aircraft and is the first operator of the Airbus
A320 aircraft in Pakistan. He said the Airblue has completed a year
of the successful operation on the A320 with over 98 per cent reliability
for its fleet.
Abbasi said the deal for the private sector
in Pakistan Aviation has been made possible by the recent allocation
of International routes to the private airlines by the Ministry
of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority. "The new A320 aircraft
will be used for additional frequencies and destinations on domestic
and regional routes, while the new A330 aircraft will be used for
newly allocated routes to the United Kingdom," he added.
and Airbus signing ceremony in Islamabad for the acquisition
of 10 airbus aircrafts. Stephane Latieute,Director Sales; Abdullah
Sabi, Vice President Sales of Airbus; Airblue COO, Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi; and Jehangir Siddiqui shaking on the deal.
The new generation A320 aircraft have fly-by-wire
technology and will have a configuration of 20 seats in Business class
and 126 seats in Economy class. They will be equipped with the latest
in Cabin IFE and gallery equipment.
The new-generation wide-body A330 aircraft
have fly-by-wire technology and will have a configuration of 30
seats in Business Class and 248 seats in economy class. They will
be equipped with the latest on In-Seat IFE and Gallery Equipment.
The deal also includes a support package to provide training to
Airblue Pilots, Engineers and Cabin crew at Airbus facilities.
"Airblue will be able to start induction
of additional aircraft on routes to the Gulf and United Kingdom
from November 2005", Abbasi said. He said the induction of
these aircraft will provide join opportunities to over 600 Pakistani
aviation professionals including pilots, engineers and ground staff.
He hoped that annual additional contribution
to the National
GDP is estimated to be over Rs.5 billion.