27 June 2008
private carrier Air Blue plans substantial expansion in the Gulf
Syed Nasir Ali,
Air Blues MD, says the airline plans to add 14 more flights
from Pakistan to Dubai. He is here to finalise plans with officials.
Air Blue was
launched in 2004 and in 2007 financial year carried 1.4 million
passengers on domestic flights, or about 20 per cent of the nations
passenger volume. It launched a daily flight from Karachi to Dubai
in 2005 and now operates 21 weekly flights from Dubai to four Pakistani
Nasir told Gulf
News he wants to add flights to Sharjah & Abu Dhabi soon, along
with Kuwait, Muscat & Jeddah. We have received tremendous
response from Dubai and our policy of low fares and quality service
also helped us get more passengers.
also got rights to fly to Delhi in India and we are excited about
it. Formal announcements about flights and schedule to new destinations
will be made on August 14, he said. Air Blue has $800 million
order with Airbus for 14 aircraft, to be delivered from July 2009.