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AirBlue history

Posted on: 05/03/2013

AirBlue history

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Pakistan’s second largest airline, AirBlue 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 became very popular during the first year, 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 destinations withen Pakistan including Peshawar, Quetta and Nawabshah.

AirBlue launched its first international flight from Karachi to Dubai on 14 August 2005 (Pakistan’s 58th Independence Day). On June 4, 2007, AirBlue launched its inaugural flight to Manchester, England using the Airbus A321.

In June 2012, Airblue changed its IATA code from ED to PA, the new code previously belonged to the defunct carrier Pan American World Airways.

As of June 2012, AirBlue has finalized an agreement to acquire one Airbus A320 and two leased Airbus A340-300s for current and new international routes. It is also looking at various types of turboprop aircraft for new domestic routes. AirBlue is looking to acquire four turboprops.

The A320 had provided further flexibility in the schedule while the A340s would enable it to strengthen its Manchester route. This had also helped the airline to open more routes in Europe and the Middle East. AirBlue has been operating a total of ten aircraft since the end of 2012.

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