By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
08 Jannuary 2009
has become the largest private airline operating out of the UAE
to Pakistan with 35 flights per week, according to a senior official.
launching of new flights from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi to destinations
in Pakistan, we have become the largest private airline operating
to three emirates in the UAE," said Syed Nasir Ali, Managing
Director of Airblue.
Ali told Gulf
News in Dubai that the airline is working on a plan to expand its
operation to other GCC countries to tap ethnic traffic as more than
two million Pakistanis are working in these countries.
recession has not affected our international operation to the UAE,
though we are badly affected on our domestic sectors," he said.
"There are around 900,000 Pakistanis living in the UAE and
we are still operating with above 95 per cent capacity," he
which started its operation three years ago with just seven flights
a week on Dubai-Karachi sector, has grown very fast.
launch of our operations from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, we are now
operating 35 flights per week from Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi
to five destinations in Pakistan," said Ali.
He said the
operation from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi is part of airline's plan to
expand its operation in the Gulf region. "We have already started
flights from Lahore to Muscat and soon will start flights to Saudi
Arabia and Kuwait," he added. Airblue is the first Pakistani
airline which offers complete e-ticketing and online seat reservation
facility to passengers.
He said the
airline would soon operate daily flights on its Sharjah-Lahore sector
adding three more flights per week. It will also soon start flights
on Abu Dhabi-Peshawar sector.
the complaints about frequent delays in flights which passengers
have been facing for the last few months, Ali said that the issue
would be resolved with the induction of more aircraft soon.
concerned about it and are working on this issue," he said.
Airblue's fleet consists of nine aircraft.