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PIA’s ATR 42-500 AP-BHO crashes in Pakistan, 47 people on board

 

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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines’ flight PK661 from Chitral to Islamabad, Pakistan with 47 crew members and passengers on board has crashed approximately 25 miles north of Islamabad on December 7, 2016. The flight was operated with the pictured ATR 42-500 AP-BHO (msn 663). The airframe was delivered new to PIA on May 15, 2007.

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PIA introduces “Pakistan Premier” service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wet leased from SriLankan Airlines

PIA introduces "Pakistan Premier" service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wetleased from SriLankan  Airlines

On August 14, 2016 Prime Minister Namaz Sharif of Pakistan unveiled PIA’s new luxury “Pakistan Premier” service on flight PK785 from Islamabad to London (Heathrow). PIA is planning to operate six weekly “Pakistan Premiere” flights to London (Heathrow) with three each from Islamabad and Lahore.

The airline is banking on this new level of service as a pathway to profitability.

PIA is planning to wet lease up to four SriLankan Airbus A330s.

PIA and SriLankan Airlines will increase their cooperation of services and code sharing flights.

Copyright Photo: Pakistan Premier (Pakistan International Airlines) (SriLankan Airlines) Airbus A330-343 4R-ALN (msn 1604) LHR. Image: 934295.

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PIA to retire its last Boeing 747 “within a month”

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) is planning to retire its last Boeing 747 (ex-Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-367 AP-BFY, msn 23920) within a month according to a report by Business Recorder. The report quotes PIA Chairman Nasser Jaffer in a recent interview with BR Research.

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AP-BFY is currently being used on the high-density Hajj charters to Saudi Arabia. The last Jumbo, soon out of time, will be replaced by two wet-leased Boeing 767s according to the report.

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The retirement will end a long association with the Boeing 747 Jumbo. PIA introduced the Boeing 747-200B in 1976. The airline commenced Boeing 747-200B operations (below) with two leased TAP Air Portugal Boeing 747-282Bs on May 5, 1976 from Karachi and Islamabad to London (Heathrow) and New York (JFK).

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Pakistan International Airlines is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship, Boeing 747-367 AP-BFU (msn 23392), now retired, is pictured visiting Manchester in the last (2010) color scheme.

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Below Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-240B AP-BAT (msn 22077) taxies at Orly Airport in Paris in the original 1976 livery.

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PIA struggles to remain independent, Pakistan may sell off the ailing carrier

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) may be headed towards a split-up or sell off to a Gulf carrier according to this report by Reuters of India. Mohammad Zubair, Pakistan’s privatization czar, told Reuters its financial advisers are now in talks with several airlines about taking over the cash-strapped national carrier. The government wants to sell off the carrier in the next 18 months and also intends to split the airline into two companies. Political opposition will be intense in Pakistan concerning the possible sale according the interview.

According to the report, 10 PIA aircraft are currently grounded due to a lack of spare parts!

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Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-240 LR AP-BGY (msn 33781) painted in the current 2010 livery arrives in New York (JFK).

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PIA retires it last two Boeing 737-300s

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) retired its last two Boeing 737-300s (AP-BCD and AP-BCF) on June 17 according to The History of PIA.

PIA was the first Asian operator of Boeing 737-300. Initially a total of six Boeing 737-300s were delivered to PIA between May, 1985 and 1986. These Boeing 737s replaced its older Boeing 720Bs on PIA’s domestic and regional flights.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-340 AP-BCD (msn 23297) prepares to land in Dubai.

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Taliban claim responsibility for the attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, hijack attempt fails, 28 dead

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Karachi’ Jinnah International Airport came under attack overnight from armed gunmen who were intent on hijacking an aircraft. The attack has been stopped and no aircraft were hijacked.

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According to CNN, “the Taliban-claimed attack began on the country’s largest airport at Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday night (June 28), which left 28 dead — including 10 attackers — and 24 injured”.

According to CNN, “the gunmen targeted Terminal 1, the old terminal that had fallen out of regular use. This terminal is only ever used for people flying to and from pilgrimages, for private flights, or sometimes government flights.”

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According to Reuters, “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman.

Parts of the airport terminal were on fire.

According to Reuters, “heavy smoke billowed into the sky well into Monday when officials announced the siege was over and that the airport would resume operations at 4 p.m. (1600) (local time) Monday (June 9).”

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Karachi Jinnah International Airport is the secondary hub of PIA-Pakistan International Airlines.

Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport. Located in Karachi, the largest city and capital of the Sindh province, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan according to Wikipedia.

Copyright Photo: OgreBot. The main terminal at Jinnah International Airport.

PIA to drop the Islamabad-Leeds/Bradford route on May 15

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) on May 15 will cancel the Islamabad-Leeds/Bradford twice-weekly Airbus A310 flight per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A310-325 AP-BGS (msn 689) approaches the runway at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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