AirSial has made the announcement that it would be starting its domestic flight operations on a commercial basis from this year in May 2020 on-wards nationwide.
The management of the airline has directed to acquire three A-320 aircraft, on a dry lease which are to reach in the months to come, whereas the required staff has already been hired for the purpose of giving training and capacity building.
The flight operations would be based in Sialkot majorly and would be connecting it with the major airports of Pakistan like Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and the provincial capitals including Peshawar and Quetta.
The airline will be acquiring three A-320 air crafts, and the staff has already been hired.
Manager Operations Control at AirSial—Abdul Gulzar Hussain said that the private national airline has attained the needed permission from the aviation authority for operating the commercial flights on domestic routes.
Prime Minister Imran has given approval for the new Airline named as "Air Sial"
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) December 29, 2018
If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ve probably heard a cabin crew member say this: “Before landing, please ensure that your window blinds are raised…” But why is it necessary? Aviation expert John Walton explains
Why are we asked to raise airplane window shades?
It’s not just to give you a better view out of the window on landing, although that’s a side benefit. As with many of the things we must do on flights, it’s for safety. Opening that blind is a good plan for a combination of reasons. First of all, it’ll give your eyes time to adjust to the light level outside. If it’s a day flight, you won’t emerge blinking from a darkened cabin into the bright sunshine, and if it’s at night you’ll be able to see better. (That’s also why the cabin lights are dimmed before landing at night time, in case you were wondering.
Does opening the shades help in an emergency?
Aircraft are designed and tested — and cabin crew are trained — to get everyone off the plane in under ninety seconds if needed. During training, the crew learn to assess the safety of what’s going on outside the plane, and they need to be able to see out — as do you. Passengers are extra eyes for the crew in case something looks amiss, so you shouldn’t ever feel silly about asking questions. Keeping your blind open means that, in the very rare event that emergency services need to attend the aircraft, they can see inside quickly and easily. And, of course, having more light coming into the cabin is a good idea if there’s any kind of smoke. In the event that you need to make a quick emergency exit from the plane, that makes it safer for you and everyone else around you.
UAE’s Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have relaunched their codeshare partnership to provide their customers with greater access to both airlines’ trunk routes between the UAE and Pakistan, and on Etihad services across its global network.
The codeshare flights will be open for sale on November 13, 2019, with the first travel date from November 26, said a press release issued by Etihad on Wednesday.
The partnership will see Etihad place its EY code on PIA services to and from Abu Dhabi to the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.
PIA will place its PK code on Etihad services from Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, and also onwards from the UAE capital to Amsterdam, Bahrain, Colombo Chicago, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Washington D.C, and Zurich, and subject to government approval to Amman, Athens, Brisbane, Melbourne, Nairobi, Rome and Sydney.
Commenting on the announcement, Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer, said, “The UAE and Pakistan share strong historical, commercial and cultural links and this partnership with PIA, one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Asia, is a natural progression for both carriers. It enables us to cater to the strong customer demand for both point-to-point business and visual flight rules travel between the UAE and major cities in Pakistan, and to provide seamless travel options for the large Pakistani diaspora around the world, connecting through our hub in Abu Dhabi.”
For his part, Nausherwan Adil, chief commercial officer of PIA, stated that this is indeed a great opportunity for PIA to join hands with Etihad Airways, connecting Pakistan to UAE and around the globe, expanding reach to more destinations for the convenience of valued passengers.
He added, “The relationship between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates has always been a strong one and we feel proud to be working closely with our friends at Etihad Airways.”
Etihad Airways has been serving Pakistan since November 2004, and currently operates two daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad, 11 weekly flights to Lahore, and a daily service to Karachi.
PIA has been serving Abu Dhabi for more than three decades, and today flies seven weekly flights each from Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.