AST Pakistan Airways to introduce DC-9 freighter service

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AST Pakistan Airways to introduce DC-9 freighter service

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:44 pm

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AST Pakistan Airways DC-9-33 freighter - Image Source: AST Pakistan Airways

Latest news from airline's official website:

* AST Pakistan Airways to start Umrah flights from Karachi and Lahore after Hajj 2006.

* AST Pakistan Airways to introduce daily courier service between UAE & Pakistan using DC-9-33 freighter painted in airline’s own green colour scheme.

* AST Pakistan Airways to establish office at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

Also check-out airline's website with new look at www.astpakistan.com
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Post by PK777 » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:22 pm

Good to see the cargo aviatio market improving. Hopefully, they will go intl in afew years if they prove to be successful.

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Post by raza » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:45 pm

another Gas-guzzler airline with old a/c
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Post by PK777 » Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:53 pm

raza wrote:another Gas-guzzler airline with old a/c
Well, I wouldnt call them gas guzzlers considering they are still used on a large scale in many western countries and by many well known airlines for passenger and cargo operations. For example, Northwest Airlines (NWA), DHL, USJet, Evergreen International, FedEX are just afew names. Thank God they didnt go for those russian made aircraft that are true gas guzzlers!

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Post by flyingsystem » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:08 am

PK777 wrote:Thank God they didnt go for those russian made aircraft that are true gas guzzlers!
Which aircraft are u thinking about? Russians have (relatively) new and old aircrafts. Just an example: the TU-204 is comparable to the 757.
Most probably you are talking about the Il-76 and An-26 type.

Btw, the DC-8 is a beautiful aircraft.
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Post by PK777 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:43 pm

flyingsystem wrote: Which aircraft are u thinking about? Russians have (relatively) new and old aircrafts. Just an example: the TU-204 is comparable to the 757.
Most probably you are talking about the Il-76 and An-26 type.
Yes, I was refering to those. Remember when Bhoja air and Hajvairy Airlines, they used the Il-86 russian jet liners. they accumulated a higher gas to passenger ratio, hence, causing them to make losses and eventually bankrupcy. :roll:

In todays market, not many world recognised airlines aquire russian made aircraft no matter how new they are! It usually countires that are under sanctions that have no alternatives.

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Post by raihans » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:56 pm

has this DC9 reached Pakistan or still in UAE? Is it registered with CAA Pak?
PK777 wrote:Remember when Bhoja air and Hajvairy Airlines, they used the Il-86 russian jet liners.
Bhoja Air used the russian Yak-42s
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Post by flyingsystem » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:18 pm

PK777 wrote:In todays market, not many world recognised airlines aquire russian made aircraft no matter how new they are! It usually countires that are under sanctions that have no alternatives.
Yes, you are right but there is an aircraft which will change this: the Sukhoi Superjet 100. Take a look on wikipedia, and there are a few "western" countries which are interested in it.
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Post by PK777 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:26 pm

raihans wrote:has this DC9 reached Pakistan or still in UAE? Is it registered with CAA Pak?
PK777 wrote:Remember when Bhoja air and Hajvairy Airlines, they used the Il-86 russian jet liners.
Bhoja Air used the russian Yak-42s
Yes, that's the one! Look what happened to those - rusting away on the KHI tarmac...

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Post by PK777 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:30 pm

flyingsystem wrote:
PK777 wrote:In todays market, not many world recognised airlines aquire russian made aircraft no matter how new they are! It usually countires that are under sanctions that have no alternatives.
Yes, you are right but there is an aircraft which will change this: the Sukhoi Superjet 100. Take a look on wikipedia, and there are a few "western" countries which are interested in it.
Those are potential customers - does not mean they will order them. The reason some western countires are interested in this aircraft is the subcontractors include Boeing Commercial Airplanes :roll: Still with the history of russian aircraft I dont expect many airlines other than that from russian origin to order this aircraft unless the promotional or testing is done by Boeing itself!

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Post by flyingsystem » Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:54 pm

Im nearly sure that there will be some western countries which will order it. In my opinion, if there is at least one western country which order it, others will surely follow them.
It will be a serious competitor for the Embraer and Bombardier aircrafts.

And Boeing is not the only occidental subcontractor. For example there is the Italian company Finmeccanica which took a 25% share in the project. And another example is the french engines manufacturer SNECMA wich will build the engine with NPO Saturn. And thats not all: there are a lot of other western companies which are involved in the project.
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Post by CombiFan » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:31 pm

PAK-DXB is a great courrier market as many courrier companies specially DHL are hubbing at DXB, the charges are very high, Pkr 173 plus FSC for courrier vsPKR 25 for perishables. Although the return leg will be virtually empty they should do alright with this business plan.

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Post by CoyBoy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:40 pm

Bhoja Yak42 were returned to Lithuanian Airlines, they are not in KHI, you must be mistaking them for Aero Asia RomBAC 111.
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Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:49 pm

Senate’s standing committee for defence and defence production has directed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to cancel the license of a new airline company Pakistan Airways; as it could not abide by the rules and regulations.

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Post by PK777 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:59 pm

Great why does the Govt get involved on such issues... I hope this not a step taken by current airlines already operating in Pakistan to prevent the competition.