Airblue (Islamabad) will drop all flights to Manchester starting tomorrow (January 22). The airline issued this short statement:
Due to route rationalization, Airblue will be suspending flights between Pakistan and the United Kingdom effective on January 22, 2014. This includes the Lahore-Manchester and the Islamablad-Manchester routes. Passengers holding tickets issued by a travel agent for flights on or after January 22, may contact their travel agent for full refund without cancellation fees. Passengers holding tickets issued directly by Airblue may contact Airblue directly for full refund without cancellation fees.
Airblue is now concentrating its fleet around the Airbus A320 after returning both A319s.
Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Airblue was leasing two Airbus A340-300s for the routes. Both are now being returned with the retirement of the two routes to Manchester. Airbus A340-313X AP-EDE (msn 216) lands at Manchester.
Airblue’ (Islamabad) flight ED 202 crash of July 28, 2010 has been investigated again by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan and the blame has clearly been placed on the captain in the second report. The Airbus A321 crash killed all 152 passengers and crew members on board. The first investigation report was rejected by the court.
The CAA concluded the “Airblue crash has been finalized as a case of Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT),in which aircrew failed to display superior judgment and professional skills in a self-created unsafe environment. In their pursuit to land in inclement weather, they committed serious violations of procedures and breaches of flying discipline, which put the aircraft in an unsafe condition over dangerous terrain at low altitude.” according to this report by DawnNews.
The CAA also concluded the captain was ignoring the requests of ATC and was condescending towards the first officer.
The government of Pakistan has informed the Peshawar High Court that it has decided to conduct another investigation into the Airblue (Islamabad) flight ED 202 crash on July 28, 2010. The Airbus A321 crash killed all 152 passengers and crew members on board. The first investigation report was rejected by the court.