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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:59 pm

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According to DAWN News, PIA Tokyo flights ending on February 16. The airline's Tokyo flights were suffering loss of PKR 300,000,000/- per year.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:52 am

PIA to suspend Tokyo flights by mid-February due to 'heavy losses'

Dawn.com

January 14, 2019


The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to suspend its flights to Tokyo starting next month due to "heavy losses", a spokesperson said on Sunday.

The national flag-carrier currently flies to the Japanese capital as the second leg of its Islamabad-Beijing-Tokyo route.

But starting February 15, it will suspend the Tokyo flights "due to heavy losses being incurred on this route", PIA spokesman Mashood Tajwar told Dawn.com.

He clarified that only the flights between Beijing and Tokyo were being suspended and that the Islamabad-Beijing route will remain intact.

Source: DAWN

Cash-strapped PIA discontinues Tokyo flights

ISLAMABAD:
The national flag carrier on Sunday announced that it will discontinue its flights to Tokyo, Japan owing to financial losses.

With Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) buried in increasing debt, the airline’s management has decided to suspend flights from Beijing to Tokyo from February 15.

Following the closure of the route, PIA flights will be restricted to Beijing.

Mashood Tajwar, the airline’s spokesperson, said the step has been taken in view of incurring an annual loss of Rs300 million from its Tokyo flights.

Tajwar added that the route has been discontinued to cut down on PIA losses.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:42 pm

CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik at a press conference informed that:

PIA Tokyo flights were suffering loss of 300 million rupees.

Japanese authorities were not allowing PIA to carry more than eighty passengers on airline's flights between Beijing and Tokyo.

There was long layover for PIA cockpit and cabin crew in Tokyo.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:18 pm

BEIJING - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Country Manager to China, Hong Kong, and Macau, Nasir Jamal Malik about suspension of PIA flight from Beijing to Tokyo confirmed that starting February 15, PIA will suspend its operation to the Japanese capital as the second leg of its Islamabad-Beijing-Tokyo route.

The management has decided to suspend flights from Beijing to Tokyo due to heavy losses being incurred on this route. Only the flights between Beijing and Tokyo are being suspended and that the Islamabad-Beijing route will remain intact.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:50 pm

PIA Boeing 777-200ER registration AP-BMG is apparently performing airline's last flight PK-852 on Islamabad-Beijing-Tokyo route.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:05 pm

For some unknown reason, PIA Boeing 777-200ER registration AP-BMG departed from Beijing as flight PK-852 to Tokyo with a delay of more than eight hours.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:35 pm

Apparently PIA's last flight from Tokyo departed with a delay of eight hours.

The airline's Boeing 777-200ER registration AP-BMG departed from Tokyo at 10:35 PM as flight PK-853 to Islamabad via Beijing. Flight PK-853 was scheduled to depart from Tokyo at 2:35 PM

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Zulfiqar » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:53 pm

Shame that PIA only wants to attract the Pakistani community to fly with them and seem to be satisfied with providing a (less than) mediocre product that does not attract Japanese passengers.

Pakistan has a number of historical sites that the Japanese would love to visit. Moreover, they can provide a gateway to the Middle East. By providing a direct route to Pakistan and good connectivity to destinations beyond, PIA cam overcome the NRT- PEK-NRT restriction.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by uzkt01 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:24 pm

Zulfiqar wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:53 pm
Shame that PIA only wants to attract the Pakistani community to fly with them and seem to be satisfied with providing a (less than) mediocre product that does not attract Japanese passengers.

Pakistan has a number of historical sites that the Japanese would love to visit. Moreover, they can provide a gateway to the Middle East. By providing a direct route to Pakistan and good connectivity to destinations beyond, PIA cam overcome the NRT- PEK-NRT restriction.
They do not have suitable aircraft to fly direct to Tokyo. B777 is too big for the demand. Ideal would be A321LR for this route which they cannot acquire at the moment.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:07 am

PIA decides to stop flights on Japan route

By Usman Hanif

Published: February 19, 2019

KARACHI:
After reprioritising international routes, in accordance with changing traffic patterns, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has closed the Japan route.

The national flag carrier flew twice a week from Karachi/Islamabad to Tokyo via Beijing. “The route had historical significance, as it started in the 1960s,” Pakistani businessman in Japan Shahid Aziz told The Express Tribune.

He said the Pakistani community in Japan, estimated at around 30,000 people, also had an attachment and preferred to travel through it as it was their motherland’s national airline.
PIA, which used to operate A310 aircraft on the route, had 200 seats and is grounded, has directed a new aircraft 777 with a capacity of more than 300 passengers.

Although PIA finds the required passengers for the flight to Beijing, it loses them on the connecting flight – from Beijing to Tokyo. The last flight took only about 80 people on the Beijing-Tokyo route, so the rest of the airplane was empty, whereas, airplanes on average operate on 80% occupancy rate.

On average, PIA got 75 passengers on Beijing-Tokyo route, having occupancy rate of just 25%, while the remaining 75% was vacant.

After the fall of Shaheen Air International (SAI), PIA had a 100% customer base, so shutting down was the only solution.

“We decided to close the route with deep reluctance as it was one of the oldest routes of PIA,” said spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar.

From Beijing, PIA was only allowed to take 80 passengers owing to the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with the Japanese government, according to which PIA could not fly with more than the earlier decided number of passengers.

BASA is signed between two governments and can be changed with the consent of both parties but can take a long time.

Beijing to Tokyo is the same length flight as the Islamabad to Beijing route, so the national airline lost more than Rs300 million every year.

There was also a hidden price that the airline had to bear, which included booking 25 hotel rooms for the cabin crew for every flight. It had to change the crew in Beijing. PIA used to lose 12 to 15 hours on this route, said the spokesperson.

The national airline was also incurring an opportunity cost as it has a huge demand on Jeddah route from the people who go to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, Hajj and Umrah.

PIA can carry more passengers there with spare airplanes from the Japan route, he said, adding the administration is mulling over increasing flights on the Jeddah route.

PIA may pursue an offline business on the Japan route – taking passengers to Beijing through other airlines and then from Beijing to Islamabad or Karachi through PIA, added the spokesperson.

Source: tribune.com.pk
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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by bnm » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:20 am

In airline/other business, some names/destinations having some charms/worth and companies do afford that kind of losses for the sake of marketing/branding and simultaneously search/open new profitable points, here in PIA, they are closing doing destinations very rapidly without opening new points, such a "good" example of Pakistani business way " saith" business approach.