PIA to launch premier service from Aug 14

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in a move to regain its lost glory has decided to launch premier service at some of the selected roots on Pakistan’s Independence Day (August 14) this year.

PIA Spokesman Danyal Gillani said on Thursday that the service would be initiated on some of the domestic routes and a few of the international routes initially. He said, “However, the airline is in the process of finalising the modalities and I will only be in a position to divulge into the details once these are finalised,” he said.

He said that PIA was negotiating with Sri Lankan Airlines for the lease of four A-330 aircrafts. PIA had advertised for leasing wide body aircrafts last month and Sri Lanka’s national carrier expressed interest in leasing out its four new wide body A-330 aircrafts to PIA. Therefore a high-level team of PIA led by CEO Bernd Hildenbrand recently visited Colombo to inspect these aircrafts and to negotiate contract, he said.

These aircrafts would primarily be used for PIA’s premier service which was being launched from mid-August. “With new aircrafts, more professional crew and improved service standards, the new service aims at providing an altogether different experience to the passengers. This service will go a long way in helping PIA regain its market share both domestically as well as internationally,” he said.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the PIA stated that due to a major breakdown of baggage handling system at Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport London, thousands of pieces of check-in baggage had been left behind, affecting all flights landing or taking off from there, including those of Emirates, Gulf Air, Cathay Pacific, Virgin and dozens of other airlines.

This breakdown also affected the PIA and about 700 pieces of baggage of passengers traveling on PK-788 and PK-786 could not be loaded on the aircraft. “PIA regrets this inconvenience caused to passengers and is making all out efforts to ensure that all of the above bags are rushed on next direct available flights from Heathrow Airport”, the statement added.

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