19 December 2008
Airblue, Pakistans fastest growing private airline, has planned
to expand its operations in the Gulf region by launching new flight
services for Kuwait and Bahrain next year, a top offcial said on
Talking to Khaleej
Times on the sidelines of an event held in Sharjah to chalk out
the airlines expansion plan in the GCC region, Airblues
Managing Director Syed Nasir Ali said that the airline is going
to introduce daily flight service on Sharjah-Lahore sector from
Peshawar service from Sharjah and Dubai is expected by July,
he said. We will offer special fare packages on new destinations
to attract more passengers, Nasir said adding that the airline
also plans to introduce new services for Multan, Peshawar and Sialkot
from Dubai and Sharjah next year.
out that Sharjah is the first step in the present expansion plan
of the airline. The airline has good prospects for growth
in Middle East, he said.
About GCC expansion
plans, he said the airline will introduce new services for Kuwait
and Bahrain in 2009 after inducting new A320s in our fleet by July
next year. The airline has already been operating three weekly flights
for Muscat successfully.
He said the
airline is currently operating 76 flights in GCC region and that
frequency will be increased to 82 after introducing new flight operations
on various destinations in Pakistan from the Gulf.
started operations in 2004, is one of the countrys two private
domestic carriers. At present, it flies to seven Pakistani cities,
as well as to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Muscat and Manchester
in Britain. The airline currently operates six A320s.
Nasir said the
airline is planning for future long-term expansion very strategically
and is primarily focusing on markets where Pakistani expatriates
demand a regular service.
add new destinations gradually with the induction of new aircraft
under the $500 million deal signed last year at Dubai Airshow with
Airbus for 14 A320s, he said. Airblue is the first private
airline to have placed an order for 14 brand new A320 aircraft.