11 September 2008
NEW DELHI, Sept
11 (Bernama) -- Airblue, a leading private Pakistani airline, is
finalising preparations to launch direct flights to Kuala Lumpur
(KL) by mid-2009 to tap the increasing tourists and migrant workers
evaluation, we found that Malaysia is a potential market for us.
In the past one year, more tourists and workers are going to Kuala
Lumpur and when you combine both these segments, there is a lot
of growth," Airblue general manager for marketing Sarosh Bhatti
50,000 Pakistanis visited Malaysia last year and about 10,000 workers
from the South Asian nation are currently employed in Malaysian
He added that
Airblue is prepared to compete with established national carriers
plying the KL-Pakistan route.
that the carrier ordered 14 new Airbus A320 aircraft that are expected
to arrive by end of this year and these fuel-efficient planes would
be used for the proposed KL route.
next two months we will be able to decide the number of flights
to Kuala Lumpur and whether these flights will be from Karachi or
Lahore," he said.
airline launched its operations in 2004. By 2007, it carried one
million passengers on its domestic flights, which is nearly 40 per
cent of Pakistan's passenger traffic.
share for Islamabad to Manchester is 49 per cent, Dubai is 35 per
cent and domestic market is about 40 per cent. This gives an indication
that we are a dominant player in Pakistan," said Bhatti.
Ranked to be
the fastest growing airline in Pakistan, the carrier is targeting
A year ago,
it began operating the Islamabad-Manchester route. It has also announced
the launch of its Lahore-Muscat flight later this September.