Pakistan Times Special Correspondent
Pakistan's fast-developing popular private sector airlines, AirBlue
has announced plans to begin its first long-haul international operation
between Islamabad and Manchester, United Kingdom from the middle
of May, 2007.
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Air Blue, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
told Pakistan Times [ISSN-certified Daily Web Newspaper]
on Saturday that the airline had been evaluating proposal to operate
to UK for over a year and has now completed all necessary official
requirements to launch the flights.
airline first obtained official permission from the government for
such operations to the UK and formal permission was obtained from
the UK Department of Transportation, he added.
decision to start operation to Manchester was taken in the wake
of large strength of Pakistani community in the region, Abbasi said.
are in process with Manchester Airport Group on details of flight
operation, which include slot timing, handling, engineering, catering
and other allied support functions, he remarked.
a highly comfortable fleet of modern aircraft including six 320A
and 321A Airbus planes, AirBlue operates more than 30 flights a
day to seven domestic destinations and three daily flights to Dubai.
the AirBlue has operated more than 10,000 flights in the last 30
months carrying over 2 million passengers on its network with revenues
in excess of over Rs12 billion.