PIA to inaugurate Premier Services
ISLAMABAD: In order to regain the disappeared glory that once the National Airline rejoiced, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken an initiative to launch a premier service at some of the selected routes on Pakistan’s Independence Day (August 14) this year.
Spokesperson PIA Danyal Gillani on Thursday said that the service would be initiated on some of the domestic routes and a few of the international routes initially. “However, the airline is in the process of finalising the modalities and I will only be in a position to divulge the details once the process gets finalised,” he added.
Putting more light on initiatives that are been taken, he remarked that PIA was negotiating with Sri-Lankan Airlines for the lease of four A-330 air crafts. Earlier, PIA had advertised for leasing wide body air crafts last month and Sri-Lanka’s National Carrier shown interest in leasing out its four new wide body A-330 air crafts to PIA, he added. Adding that a high-level team of PIA led by CEO Bernd Hildenbrand recently visited Colombo to inspect these air crafts and to negotiate contract.
These air crafts would primarily be used for PIA’s premier service which is to be launched from mid-August. “With new air crafts, 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 remarked.
Meanwhile, a press release issued by the PIA stating 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.
Moreover, it revealed that 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 putting efforts to ensure that all of the above bags are rushed on direct next available flights from Heathrow Airport”, the statement added.