Ordeal of a passenger
I WOULD like to share with readers my ordeal on Dec 8 and 9 while I was scheduled to fly PIA from Islamabad to Karachi. I was to fly by PK 309 which leaves Islamabad at 7.00pmand used to be one of the most popular flights.
During the day at 4.30pm, I was informed that the flight is delayed and it would depart at 9pm. I thanked God that it is only two hours late. Again a phone call from PIA informed me at about 6pm that the flight has been further delayed and now leaves at 11pm. Before leaving for the airport, I just wanted to reconfirm the departure time. I was shocked to know that the flight was cancelled and PIA did not bother to inform the passengers about cancellation.
The PIA centre, Islamabad, said that PK 309 passengers would be accommodated on the flightleaving Islamabad at 10am the next day. I reminded the agent that it is not the case of accommodation but our priority was to fly as soonest as possible, but all in vain.
Then I was booked for a flight which was departing Islamabad at 2pm and was coming from Chicago and Barcelona. In other words, I had to suffer the whole night till the next morning despite paying the full amount for the ticket which entitles me to travel on the time mentioned on it.
The above incident depicts the lack of discipline, casual behaviour of staff and showing no interest for the august institution.
while the 6 Boeing 747s are mostly used for Hajj, Umrah and Charter operations. Besides, the Boeing 747s are used for supplementing the scheduled flights in replacement,
PIAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s eight aircraft remain non-operational
Saturday, February 25, 2012
KARACHI: Eight aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) remained inoperative and are parked in the hangers since long, sources said on Friday.
PIA has eight of its planes grounded for maintenance purpose for months. The planes grounded for maintenance included two Boeing 747-367 (reg. Numbers AP-BFV and AP-BFY) for schedule maintenance since October 10, 2011 and January 16 that were supposed to be out of the workshop on November 18, 2011 and February 5, 2012, but they are still parked. Likewise, one Boeing 777-240ER (reg. no AP-BGK) is parked since February 8, 2012 and two Airbus A310-308 (reg. numbers AP-BEC and AP-BEQ) are parked since October 24 and December 28, 2011, the sources said.
Similarly, one Airbus A310-324ET (reg. No AP-BGN) is awaiting spares since November 14, 2011; one Boeing 737-340 (reg. No AP-BCA) parked for shakedown inspection since November 12, 2011 and one ATR 42-500 (reg. No AP-BHH) has been parked for two-yearly inspection since December 14, 2011, they said.
The national flag carrier has earned Rs1.1 billion through its MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) business in 2011, but it remains unable to make its planes operational, the sources said.
According to the official statement of PIA released on Wednesday, the MRO business of the airlines is in the expansion phase with an increase in the number of customers from 14 to 40 and that has earned the national airlines Rs1.1 billion in the 2011, while the revenue target they have set for 2012 in the same business is Rs1.4 billion.
Sources questioned the approach of the PIA management as to why they are ignorant to this grounding of eight planes of its fleet since long, while they do not have financial problems because they are earning enough money in this segment as per their claims.
Apart from these earnings, as the management claims, the airlines capabilities in this segment of maintenance and repair have attracted huge grants from international organisations and notably from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) that has granted PIA Rs58 million.
Source: The News
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