Airblue (Aviation)

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Air blue is a private Pakistani airline with its head office on the 12th floor of the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) Towers in Islamabad, Pakistan. Airblue operates scheduled flights operating 30 daily services linking four domestic destinations Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar with international services to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Muscat. Its main base is Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.[1]Airblue info
  • Details
  • Type:

    Aircraft

  • Name:

    Air Blue

  • In Urdu:

    ائیر بلو

  • IATA:

    PA

  • Founded:

    2003

  • Commenced operations:

    18 June 2004

  • Hubs:

    Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)

  • Focus cities:

    Abu Dhabi , Dubai, Islamabad, Jeddah, Lahore

  • Frequent-flyer program:

    Blue Miles

  • Fleet size :

    8

  • Destinations:

    12

  • Headquarters:

    Islamabad Stock Exchange Towers Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Key people :

    Tariq Chaudhary (CEO)

  • Website:

    http://www.airblue.com/

  • Founder:

    Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

  • Date of operation:

    18 June 2004

  • Its main base:

    Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

  • International services to :

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Muscat

  • Daily flights in each direction:

    3

  • Airline inaugurated:

    Zafarullah Khan Jamali (the Prime Minister of Pakistan

  • Aircraft have:

    3-by-3 layout

  • Head office:

    12th floor of the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) Towers in Islamabad, Pakistan.

  • Callsign:

    AIRBLUE

  • ICAO:

    ABQ

  • Services:

    Cabin, e Ticketing, Lounges, Cost-cutting measures, Cargo operations

  • Airblue:

    Private Pakistani Low-Cost Airline

History

Airblue
Airblue
The airline was established in 2003 and started operations on 18 June 2004 with three leased Airbus A320-200 aircraft serving Karachi–Lahore and Karachi–Islamabad with three daily flights in each direction.The airline was inaugurated by Zafarullah Khan Jamali (the Prime Minister of Pakistan then).

Popularity

During the first year the airline became very popular, which allowed the airline to compete directly with the flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines and the two other private carriers, flying more than 400,000 passengers in the first year with a load factor of over 90%.This allowed the airline to expand into more cities in Pakistan including Peshawar, Quetta and Nawabshah. On 14 August 2005 (Pakistan's 58th Independence Day) Airblue launched its first international flight from Karachi to Dubai. On June 4, 2007, Airblue launched its inaugural flight to Manchester using the Airbus A321. There were plans to launch flights from Lahore to London Stansted in 2014.

Airblue Changed

Airblue changed its IATA code from ED to PA in June 2012, the new code originally belonged to the defunct and once iconic carrier Pan American World Airways.In 2011 they launched service to Istanbul using Sabiha Gokcen Airport, with full traffic rights to from Pakistan and Manchester.

Airbus A320 andAirbus A340-300s

Airblue
Airblue
In June 2012, Airblue finalised an agreement to acquire one Airbus A320 and two leased Airbus A340-300s for current and new international routes. It was also looking at various types of turboprop aircraft for new domestic routes, this plan was eventually dropped. The A340s joined the fleet in October 2012, enabling it to strengthen its Manchester route with nonstop flights as well as launch a second UK destination Birmingham in September 2013, and connect both stations with Lahore. The A340s later also flew to the Middle East, technical issues related to the aircraft eventually led to them being phased out by January 2014, they were leased for a five-year term. UK operations also ended with Birmingham being dropped after just three months service and Manchester ending in January 2014[2]Air Blue History

Destinations

Airblue serves the following destinations as of March 2015
 Oman Muscat  Muscat International Airport 
 Pakistan Faisalabad  Faisalabad International Airport  Terminated
 Pakistan Gwadar Gwadar International Airport  Terminated
 Pakistan Islamabad  Benazir Bhutto International Airport Focus City
 Pakistan Karachi Jinnah International Airport Hub
 Pakistan Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport  Focus City
 Pakistan Multan  Multan International Airport 
 Pakistan Nawabshah Nawabshah Airport Terminated
 Pakistan Peshawar  Bacha Khan International Airport 
 Pakistan Quetta Quetta International Airport Terminated
 Pakistan Rahim Yar Khan Shaikh Zayed International Airport 
 Pakistan Sialkot  Sialkot International Airport 
 Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport 
 Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport 
 Turkey Istanbul  Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Terminated
 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi International Airport 
 United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport 
 United Arab Emirates Sharjah  Sharjah International Airport 
 United Kingdom Birmingham  Birmingham Airport Terminated
 United Kingdom  Manchester  Manchester Airport Terminated
[3] Airblue Destination

Services

bbCabin

Airblue
Airblue
  All aircraft have a 3-by-3 layout, with an all economy cabin and have overhead video screens.Airblue formerly had a business class section, but dropped it due to exogenous economic factors.[4] Airblue Services

E Ticketing

Airblue
Airblue
Airblue was the first airline in Pakistan to introduce e-ticketing, wireless check-in and self check-in kiosk facilities. The airline also uses Sabre, a ticket distribution system.[5] Airrblue e Ticketing Frequent flyer program The Airblue frequent flyer program is called Blue Miles. Passengers are able to initially start on the base level where sign up is free. Once passengers earn enough miles, there are upgrades to the Blue Card followed by the Platinum Card. In May 2009, the airline formed an alliance with Faysal Bank Limited to offer credit cards.[6] Airblu Flyer program

Lounges

Airblue inaugurated its own premium lounge at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi in November 2008. It has since been closed. Named the Blue Lounge International, it was designed for business class passengers, credit card holders and privileged customers. The lounge offered Internet facilities, cable television, newspapers and magazines, massage chairs and a snack bar. It was located in the international terminal of the airport.[7]Airblue Lounges

Cost-Cutting Measures

Airblue
Airblue
To deal with the fuel price hike worldwide, Airblue converted their fleet to all economy class, and all new aircraft will also be in a single-class configuration. They also ended full meal services and replaced it with snacks on domestic flights In 2006, Airblue did away with chinaware crockery service for meals on most routes to cut costs and weight, replacing it with plastic as per normal industry practice. [8] Airblue Cost-Cutting Measures Ground Services Passengers may check-in 2 hours prior to flight departure at latest or as early as 48 hours prior to flight departure. This may be done in person or at self-service kiosks. Currently self-service kiosks are available at Jinnah International Airport and Allama Iqbal International Airport. Dnata handles ground and passenger handling for the airline at all of the airports the airline operates from. Gate Gourmet provides food and beverage services to the airline.[9] Airblue Ground Services

Cargo Operations

Airblue have launched e-Cargo service to cater to air freight markets of Pakistan, UAE and UK. According to a press release, e-Cargo will broaden the base of cargo and permit certified agents to book freight directly online opening the inventory through Web.[10] Airblue Cargo operation

About Us

Airblue Limited is a private airline with its head office on the 12th floor of the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) Towers in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is Pakistan's second largest airline with a growing share of the domestic market. Airblue's fleet consists of next-generation Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts. Led by a team with decades of experience in the industry, airblue embodies a new era in passenger air travel. The company's shareholding structure includes a group of investors including Mr. Tariq Chaudhary with majority stake. Mr. Chaudhary also serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Scheduled Flights

Airblue operates scheduled flights linking six domestic destinations Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot and Multan with international destinations of UAE airports Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, as well as Muscat, Oman, Jeddah, Riyadh and most recently Dammam. Airblue has integrated unique innovations to ensure security and affordability. Among these are complete online reservation systems, online reservation hold/in person payment at various locations, and electronic document handling. Airblue was the first airline in Pakistan to introduce many modern technologies, including e-ticketing and self check-in kiosk facilities. [11] Airblue About

Contact Us

Airblue Offices

Islamabad

  1. Airblue (Head Office)
  2. 12th & 8th Floor, ISE Towers,
  3. 55-B Jinnah Avenue,
  4. Islamabad.
  5. UAN: 111-247-258

Airblue City Sales Office

  1. Ground Floor, ISE Towers
  2. 55-B Jinnah Avenue
  3. Islamabad 
  4. UAN: 111-247-258

Rawlpindi

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Office No 5 & 6, Pindi Club Building,
  3. Mall Road Saddar, Rawalpindi
  4. Tel: +92 51 111247258 Ext.426

Karachi

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Ground Floor PIIA Building,
  3. Moulana Deen Mohammad Wafa Road
  4. Karachi
  5. UAN: 111-247-258 ext 456, 458, 459
  6. Tel: +92 21 35693903

Lahore

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Ground Floor,
  3. Shop No. 1 & 2,
  4. Asad Center 71-E,
  5. Main Boulevard, Gulberg-2,
  6. Lahore.
  7. Tel: +92 42 35870789

Faisalabad

  1. Faisalabad (City Sales Office)
  2. Shop # 14, Kohinoor Plaza,
  3. Jaranwala Road,
  4. Faisalabad.
  5. Tel: +92 41 8501660-1-2

Peshawar

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Shop No. UG43, Deans Trader Center, Islamia Road,
  3. Peshawar Cantt, Peshawar, Pakistan.
  4. Tel: +92 51 111247258

Multan

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. SS Mall Plaza, Opp. Radio Pakistan
  3. Multan Cantt, Pakistan
  4. Tel: +92 331 5566379

Sialkot

  1. Airblue Sales Office
  2. Sialkot International Airport,
  3. Sialkot. 
  4. Tel: 92 320 989314

Musqat Oman

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Suhail Bahwan Group (Holding) LLC
  3. Al Rawaq Building, Al Qurum,
  4. Opp QCC (Qurum City Centre)
  5. Muscat. Sultanate of Oman.

Dubie UAE

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Shop No 3,
  3. Al Muraqabat 2,
  4. Near Clock Tower Roundabout,
  5. Al Muraqabat Area,
  6. Deira, Dubai.
  7. Helpline Middle East: 600 544 540
  8. Fax: +971-4-2959192
  9. Time: (09:00 AM - 09:00 PM) 

Sharjah Uae

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Shop 14 D (Burj 2000)
  3. Damas Building,
  4. Sharjah, UAE.
  5. Helpline Middle East: 600 544 540
  6. Fax: +971-6-5612283
  7. Time: (09:00 AM - 09:00 PM)

Abu Dhabi Uae

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. National Cinema Building,
  3. Najda Street,
  4. Abu Dhabi.
  5. Helpline Middle East: 600 544 540
  6. Fax: +971-2-6779004
  7. Time: (09:00 AM - 09:00 PM) 

Mirpur

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office) 
  2. Office number 53 
  3. Quaid-e-Azam Stadium 
  4. Mirpur, Azad Kashmir 
  5. Tel: +92 58 27439695

Jeddah Ksa

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office) 
  2. Office No. 104 Ground Floor, 
  3. Al-Hayat Commercial Center, 
  4. Madinah Road, Jeddah 
  5. Tel: +966-12-6528590

Riyadh Ksa

  1. Airblue (City Sales Office)
  2. Safana Hotel,
  3. Opp. King Fahad Medical City,
  4. Makkah (Khurais) Road, Riyadh
  5. Tel: +966-11-4627758
  6. Times: SAT-THU, 09:00-13:00, 14:00-18:0[12] Airblue contact us

Privacy Policy

Airblue is concerned about your right to privacy. When you visit the airblue web sites, you can be assured that any information you share with us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and will not be disclosed to any entity outside of airblue or its Partners. Airblue does not sell personal information about individual members (such as name, address, Email address) to third parties. We do not sell or rent lists of members or use information about individual members outside the scope of the airblue umbrella of services. Airblue reserves the right to disclose aggregated information regarding its members and usage of the airblue umbrella of services (such as member demographics and traffic patterns) to advertisers, partners and others for various purposes.[13] Airblue Privacy


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