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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:27 pm

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According to May 30, 2018, Pakistan CAA document/letter shown on Lahore News channel:

Shaheen Air International (SAI) is requested to immediately pay the outstanding aeronautical dues amounting to PKR 543,160,067/- in order to ensure continuity of its services.

In case of non-payment of aforementioned outstanding dues, CAA will withdraw its services from the approved sector of SAI for flight numbers NL221/NL224 on every Saturday effective 2nd June 2018.

SAI is requested to pay the outstanding amount latest by 1st June 2018 to ensure uninterrupted CAA services in support of all SAI approved sectors/air routes

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So far, Shaheen Air flight NL-221 to Dubai has not departed from Islamabad. The flight's scheduled departure time was 10:30 PM.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/nl221

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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:36 pm

Shaheen Air Airbus A320 registration AP-BMD departed from Islamabad at 11:35 PM as flight NL-221 to Dubai.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/nl221

AP-BMD had arrived in Islamabad at 9:39 PM as Shaheen Air flight NL-706 from Medina.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmd

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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:39 pm

According to news sources, Pakistan CAA has suspended services for Shaheen Air Islamabad to Dubai flight. CAA has asked Shaheen Air passengers to make alternate arrangements for that flight after July 13.

More than 1.25 billions rupees are due to be paid by Shaheen Air to Pakistan CAA.

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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:36 pm

According to statement of Shaheen Air spokesperson on a news channel:

* The airline will make payments to Pakistan CAA according to schedule.

* Shaheen Air is in touch with Pakistan CAA to resolve the issue.

* Hopefully airline's flight operations will not be affected.

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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:48 am

CAA halts Shaheen Air’s Islamabad-Dubai-Islamabad route

By Arshad Hussain

July 9, 2018

KARACHI:
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has cancelled the permission for the scheduled international flight NL 221/224 of Shaheen Air International (SAI) of Islamabad-Dubai-Islamabad with effect from July 13.

In a letter served to SAI on Monday, CAA directed the airline to intimate the affected passengers accordingly to avoid any inconvenience. Moreover, the aviation regulatory body has requested Dubai bound passengers in referred flight from July 13 onwards to make alternative arrangements.

According to CAA, SAI is a defaulter of more than Rs1.25 billion of CAA with regard to various charges; however, SAI has alleged that the regulatory body is supporting Emirates Airline instead of local industry in a bid to facilitate Emirates’ new A380 service.

Earlier on Sunday Emirates Airlines’ double-decker A380 with a 625 passenger capacity landed at the new Islamabad International Airport (IIA) in a special one-off arrangement.

“We are proud to have operated this special A380 flight to Islamabad, the first time ever that our flagship aircraft has landed in Pakistan. The Emirates A380 is fundamental to our overall strategy, and bringing this popular aircraft to Islamabad represents a significant milestone in our operations to Pakistan, a country we flew our first ever flight to in 1985. We are very keen to now launch a scheduled A380 service to Pakistan and will continue to work with authorities to make these plans a reality,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla.

“Today should be observed as a ‘Black Day’ for the local aviation industry,” SAI Spokesperson Zohaib Hassan told Pakistan Today. The aviation authority has allowed an international airline to operate on the same route, however, has barred local airlines in a bid to facilitate Emirates Airline’s A380 scheduled service, he added.

He further said, “Traffic from Islamabad to Dubai is not more than 1000 passenger per day. Out of the 1000 passengers, Emirates A380 will accommodate 620 passengers, while Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) 777-Boeing service with a capacity of 300 passengers from Islamabad will cater the remaining passenger, leaving none for other local airlines.”

“It is a big blow to own aviation industry,” Zohaib claimed.

Industry sources said that countries protect their own interest but in Pakistan, CAA is destroying the aviation industry. Emirates wanted to operate the A380 service from Canada but the Canadian government refused despite political pressure so much so that UAE government put restrictions on Canadian passports but the Canadian government stuck to their stance to save their local airlines, sources added.

He further added that India, which is a non-Muslim country, did not allow Emirates to operate the A380 service from Mumbai Airport in order to protect their airlines.

Everywhere routes are given on reciprocal basis but Emirates has been given seven flights from Karachi and they have permission to operate from Lahore, Multan and Peshawar along with Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Etihad, he said adding, the airline has been given permission to operate from Quetta, Faisalabad and Sialkot as well. As a result, Airblue and Shaheen had to shut down their flights on the same routes because they could not compete with the international airlines.

SAI spokesperson alleged that CAA is not supporting local airlines but has given Emirates permission to operate in Pakistan after taking hefty amounts of dollars.

It is pertinent to mention that SAI is on the verge of collapse and new airlines such as Go Green and Sial are in serious difficulties.

Moreover, SAI has reduced its fleet size by half a dozen aircraft. The industry analysts consider it a setback for the SAI. Post this major operational decision, the SAI is also set to lay off its employees. The decision has come after SAI in recent times having been beset with a spate of regulatory and taxation issues, with the thorny ones involving the airline’s head office being sealed on non-payment of tax.

The reduction in fleet size would be followed by curtailing the number of employees as well as routes and destinations the SAI operates on.

It is pertinent to mention that Emirates Airlines has no spokesman in Pakistan, while its PR agency is silent over this issue.

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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:54 pm

Shaheen Air largest contributor to PCAA

KARACHI:
Shaheen Air International (SAI) is the largest contributor to Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) dues amongst all private Pakistani airlines, according to a statement issued by SAI Director Marketing, Zohaib Hassan here on Tuesday.

The statement further reflected upon some delay in payments which were ought to be made to PCAA by SAI, while talks are underway to discuss the new repayment schedule.

Commenting on CAA’s decision to shut down NL221, Zohaib Hassan said, “This is unwelcomed by the management of SAI, as this will only leads to distress for our passengers.

He further added that the immediate suspension also does not abide by the PCAA laws.

It is also pertinent to mention that the temporary delay in payments is limited to a few weeks, and SAI is liable to settle all impending and lawful PCAA dues to its earliest.

Rary delay in payments is limited to a few weeks, and SAI is liable to settle all impending and lawful PCAA dues to its earliest.

Source: https://www.brecorder.com/2018/07/11/42 ... r-to-pcaa/
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Re: Withdrawal of Boarding Bridge Facility to Shaheen Air Aircraft Being Considered Over Payment Dispute

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:30 pm

NL-221 is the Shaheen Air Islamabad to Dubai flight suspended from July 13 onwards by Pakistan CAA.

https://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/is ... /detail-12

Apparently, Shaheen Air already has not operated flight NL-221 in recent days:

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:18 am

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) letter dated July 13, 2018.

Suspension of CAA Services to Shaheen Air International Flights

Shaheen Air International (SAI) was notified vide Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) letter dated July 5, 2018, for payment of outstanding dues of 1.296 billion to CAA in installments.

Shaheen Air International has not shown any compliance to CAA letter mentioned above as yet. This is construed as non-compliance to the instructions of the regulatory body.

CAA has decided to withdraw its services to all international flights of Shaheen Air International with effect from July 16, 2018, except flights to Saudi Arabia.

In case Shaheen Air International fails to pay outstanding and current dues, CAA shall withdraw all its services to all domestic and international flights of SAI at any time after July 16, 2018.

Shaheen Air International to ensure that no damage is caused to passengers and cargo shippers due to their financial mismanagement and CAA will not be held responsible for any loss to general public or liable for any third party in this regard.

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:57 pm

Apparently Shaheen Air's two Airbus A330-200 aircraft in Pakistan i.e. AP-BMI and AP-BML have not performed flights since arriving in Lahore in early hours of July 13.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmi
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bml

The airline's other two Airbus A330-200 aircraft i.e. AP-BMJ and AP-BMK have not returned to Pakistan from Turkey where apparently they were sent for maintenance checks.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmj
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmk

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:33 pm

Shaheen Air Airbus A330-200 registration AP-BMI departed from Lahore at 12:17 PM as flight NL-892 Guangzhou.

PTV News reporting suspension of Pakistan CAA services to Shaheen Air international flights from July 16.

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:56 am

Shaheen Air flights cancelled on July 16 include:

International flights

NL-751 Karachi to Jeddah
NL-752 Jeddah to Karachi
NL-716 Jeddah to Lahore
NL-717 Lahore to Jeddah
NL-718 Jeddah to Lahore
NL-766 Lahore to Dubai
NL-701 Lahore to Medina
NL-756 Peshawar to Abu Dhabi
NL-757 Abu Dhabi to Peshawar
NL-792 Peshawar to Sharjah
NL-777 Abu Dhabi to Peshawar
NL-774 Jeddah to Lahore
NL-704 Medina to Lahore

Domestic flights

NL-148 Karachi to Lahore
NL-149 Lahore to Karachi

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:16 pm

According to statement of Pakistan CAA spokesperson, the aviation regulatory body's services are available to Shaheen Air's domestic and flights to/from Saudi Arabia.

The CAA spokesperson said that so far Shaheen Air has not submitted its Hajj flights schedule.

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:21 pm

Shaheen Air Islamabad to Dubai flight NL-221 cancelled/not operated in recent days. Apparently NL-221 was the first flight of Shaheen Air for which Pakistan CAA had announced withdrawal of services after July 13.

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

Post by adamalikhan » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:08 am

Shaheen Air to continue operations as court stops CAA from suspending its services

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) Monday directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) not to suspend operations of Shaheen Airline International (SAI) from today (July 16). The CAA had issued a letter dated July 13 to the SAI threatening it to withdraw its services from International flights except for flights to Saudi Arabia.

This was confirmed by Director Marketing SAI, Zohaib Hassan and said that SAI has challenged the CAA letter in SHC. He said the SHC has suspended letter dated July 13 issued by CAA Authority, threatening SAI to withdraw its services for international flights except for flights to Saudi Arabia.

He said SAI has challenged the CAA’s letter which was issued in patent breach of CAA’s own laws particularly Rule 373 of the Civil Aviation Rules 1994. CAA being a regulator of all the airlines have been treating SAI discriminatory, he added.

“Every month SAI contributes billions of rupees in Pakistan’s treasury,” he claimed. CAA never dare to take any action against other local carriers but took panel action against SAI on less than 2 per cent of outstanding of other big carrier of a country, he said.

SAI has also submitted a payment plan before the court on that basis the court suspended CAA letter dated July 13.

SAI has already acted religiously upon its payment plan and the court also reaffirms after SAI produced its substantiation. Zohaib Hassan also said, “SAI operation is as per routine.”

Source: https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk/201 ... -services/

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Re: Payment Dispute Between Pakistan CAA and Shaheen Air

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