News Listings for Aero Asia International

  • Pakistan's Royal Airlines delays launch

    News | 10 Dec 2004 02:10 | Leithen Francis

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Pakistan’s Royal Airlines has delayed its launch of scheduled domestic passenger services because it is concerned about high fuel prices but is adamant it will commence operations in the first half of 2005.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Royal Airlines, which currently wet-leases freighters and operates small charter aircraft, was planning to commence scheduled passenger services late this year with three aircraft.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>“We are ready but have put things into lower gear because of high fuel prhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Pakistans-Royal-Airlines-delays-launch-287633/
  • Pakistan's Aero Asia seeks aircraft for Middle East services

    News | 17 Aug 2004 07:33 | Leithen Francis

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Privately owned Pakistani carrier Aero Asia International plans to get an additional passenger aircraft this year so it can launch more services to the Middle East.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>“We are planning to get another aircraft - maybe an Airbus A300B4,” says an Aero Asia official in Karachi who wishes to remain anonymous.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>He is unable to confirm whether senior management wants to purchase or lease the aircraft but says it should be added this year. Aero Asia needs additional cahttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Pakistans-Aero-Asia-seeks-aircraft-for-Middle-East-services-279469/
  • AirBlue starts services in Pakistan

    News | 01 Aug 2004 00:00

    <p>A new carrier is seeking to shake up Pakistan's domestic market with what it claims is an in-flight product superior to those of existing operators and the country's first application of electronic ticketing. AirBlue started operations in the second half of June with three Airbus A320s, initially flying between Karachi and Islamabad and Lahore.</p> <p>Backed by a group of IT entrepreneurs, it aims to expand its network to other domestic destinations and add more A320s to the fleet in its bid to eat into the market share of existing local carriers, which generally operate older western-made and Soviet-era aircraft. It also plans international services.</p> <p>Pakistan's domestic air transport market is dominated by state-owned Pakistan International Airlines, which has a market share of about 75%, and private carriers Aero Asia International and Shaheen Air International. The domestic market was deregulated in the early 1990s, leading to the launch of several airlines, some of whichttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/AirBlue-starts-services-in-Pakistan-185625/
  • Pakistan's AirBlue to add two more A320s by year-end

    News | 25 Jun 2004 03:31 | Leithen Francis

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Pakistan’s AirBlue, a domestic passenger airline that launched services last week, plans to increase its Airbus A320 fleet to five aircraft from three before the end of the year.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>“We intend to lease two [additional] A320s powered by </span><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>International Aero Engines <span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>V2500</span> engines</span><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'> this fall, provided of course we have developed enough business for them,” </span><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>chief operating officer Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says in an emailed response to a query from <i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Pakistans-AirBlue-to-add-two-more-A320s-by-year-end-278954/
  • Pakistan's Shaheen Air undergoing ownership change

    News | 21 Jun 2004 02:48 | Leithen Francis

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Pakistan’s Shaheen Air International is undergoing an ownership change that management hopes will kick-start plans to get western-made aircraft and bolster its fortunes at a time when it faces increased competition in the domestic market.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Shaheen Foundation, the organisation that owns the airline, is in the process of selling it to Khalid Sehbai’s Canadian company Tawa Properties, Shaheen Air CEO Aamer Ali Sharieff says from Karachi.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Sehbai is a Canadian cihttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Pakistans-Shaheen-Air-undergoing-ownership-change-280232/
  • Pakistan's Pearl Air fails to get approval to launch

    News | 18 Jun 2004 07:12 | Leithen Francis

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Would-be Pakistani carrier Pearl Air has retrenched many of its workers and is looking to sell or lease its only aircraft.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Pearl Air was planning to commence scheduled passenger services early this year but has failed to gain the necessary regulatory approvals, CEO </span><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:"Courier New"'>Arshad Jalil </span><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>says from Karachi, where the company is based.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>“We wanted to operate ourselves but unfortunately due to bureaucracy and other reasons we are unable to get the aircraft registered,” he says.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal>http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Pakistans-Pearl-Air-fails-to-get-approval-to-launch-280227/