PIA To Start Hajj Flights Operation On November 13

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:29 pm

Pre-Hajj Flights Operation Concludes

ISLAMABAD:
The pre-Hajj flights operation to airlift 160,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia Friday concluded with departure of last flight from Islamabad. A total of 502 flights airlifted pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. According to official sources, PIA operated 336 flights to airlift 124,050 pilgrims.

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Post by Maddad » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:46 pm

Actually it is the PMS as in Performance.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:24 pm

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:11 am

PIA Completes Pre-Hajj Operation

12/19/2007
KARACHI:
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has carried 121,447 Hajj pilgrims on 364 flights to Saudi Arabia while maintaining an overall punctuality of 97 per cent during its Hajj operation of 2007.

The pre-Hajj operation, which commenced on November 14, 2007 finally ended on December 14, 2007, the national flag carrier said in a handout. The PIA carried 33,866 pilgrims from Karachi through 81 flights (including passengers from Multan, Faisalabad and Sukkur), 31,760 pilgrims from Lahore through 74 flights, 18,914 from Peshawar through 93 flights, 10,758 from Quetta through 55 flights and 26,149 Hajj pilgrims from Islamabad through 61 flights.

This operation was managed by PIA’s own fleet of nine aircraft with partial operation of only 17 flights by one leased aircraft. Last year in 2006, five leased aircraft and four PIA aircraft were used for the pre-Hajj operation.

For the convenience of the pilgrims, PIA had made special arrangements to provide free air-conditioned transportation from Hajji Camps to airport; complimentary Hajj Books; Ahrams for the male pirlgrims, Abayas for the female pilgrims and special Hajj briefing before their departure PIA’s post Hajj flights would start from December 25 and conclude on January 24, 2008.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:16 am

This operation was managed by PIA’s own fleet of nine aircraft with partial operation of only 17 flights by one leased aircraft. Last year in 2006, five leased aircraft and four PIA aircraft were used for the pre-Hajj operation.
And, that one aircraft used for Hajj flights is Boeing 747-281B on dry lease from Air Universal. The other leased aircraft, an Airbus A310-300 (TC-SGB) damp leased from Saga Airlines, is used on PIA's domestic and regional route network like flights to Dubai.
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Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2007 1:19 am

PIA Begins Post-Hajj Flights Operation From Today (December 25, 2007)

ISLAMABAD, Dec 24 (APP):
The first post-Hajj flight to airlift pilgrims back home from Saudi Arabia will land here at Islamabad International Airport on Tuesday.

The first Hajj flight is scheduled to land at the airport at 1200 hours, official told APP here Monday.

The Hajj flights to bring Pakistani pilgrims back from the Holy Land would be continued till January 24, he added.

He said that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would airlift around 124,000 pilgrims from Jeddah to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta airports, he said.

The official said that the senior government official will receive pilgrims at the airport.

LAHORE, Dec 24 (APP): The first Hajj flight carrying 433 hujjaj from the holy land would land at Allama Iqbal International Airport here tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm marking commencement of post Hajj operation.

Director Hajj, Lahore Syed Farogh Aftab Zaidi, official of PIA and Civil Aviation Authority would receive the hujjaj at the airport.

According to Hajj Director sources here, in total 1.7 million faithful including 1.65 lakh from Pakistan performed hajj this year and have started returning to their respective countries. The post hajj operation to ferry back hujjaj would be completed by January 24.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

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Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:25 am

Hajjaj Return From Today

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KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will start flying back the Hajjaj from Saudi Arabia from today, Dec 25. The Hajj flights started on Nov 13 and the last one took off on Dec 14.

Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs and Hajj Joint Secretary Muhammad Sarwar told Daily Times that 159,588 Hajjaj went to Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2007. Forty-eight died there and 159,540 would return to Pakistan on more than 400 flights run by PIA and Saudi Arabian Airlines. The PIA flights will end Jan 24 while the Saudi Arabian Airlines flights would end on Jan 17 with the last one SV-700 with 252 Hajjaj scheduled to arrive in Karachi at 7:20 p.m.

Today, two PIA Hajj flights will arrive in Karachi with 544 Hajjaj, PK-2104 with 316 Hajjaj would land at 7:20 p.m. and PK-2402 with 228 Hajjaj at 9:20 p.m.

The last flight to Karachi is for Jan 24, 2008, PK-2192 with 251 Hajjaj at 7:20 p.m.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:41 pm

First Hajj Flight Lands With 432 Pilgrims At Islamabad Airport

ISLAMABAD - DECEMBER 25 -
PIA's first post-Hajj flight PK-2102 carrying 432 hujjaj from Saudi Arabia landed here at Islamabad International Airport on Tuesday.

The first flight arrived at the airport at 1200 hours making commencement of post Hajj operation in the country.

Senior officials from Ministry of Religious Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and district government Rawalpindi received the pilgrims at the airport.

Official said that the PIA would airlift over 124,000 pilgrims in 364 Hajj flights from Jeddah to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta airports.

He said the Hajj flights operation to bring Pakistani pilgrims back from the Holy Land would complete on January 24 next year.

He said the government had provided all possible facilitates including residential accommodation to the Pakistanis to perform Hajj in a best possible manner.

A large number of relatives of the pilgrims were also present to receive them.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

The flight was operated with Boeing 747-367 (aircraft registration AP-BFU) as seen below.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:56 pm

QUETTA - DECEMBER 25 - PIA's first post-Hajj flight PK-3004 from Jeddah to Quetta with 184 pilgrims onboard has landed at Quetta Airport. The flight was operated with Airbus A310-325ET (aircraft registration AP-BGS).

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Post by AP-BGL » Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:48 pm

Abbas Ali, can you tell me what time does the hajj flight usually land at Islamabad Int’l airport? Does it have one time for the whole schedule or it lands at different timings on different dates?

Actually my relatives are due to come back from Hajj on 4th January and till now I couldn’t find the flight’s arrival timings. Will you be kind enough to get the flight landing details if its feasible for you? :roll:
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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:17 pm

^ Hajj mubarak to your relatives.

According to a friend of mine PIA is operating two daily Boeing 747-300 Hajj flights from Jeddah to Islamabad. Scheduled arrival time at Islamabad for the first flight is 12PM and 2PM for the second one on every day. So it must be one of these two flights.

Hajj flight number is different every day. Do you know number of your relatives' Hajj flight? If flight number prefix is PK-21** then arrival time is 12PM and if prefix is PK-25** then 2PM is arrival time.

But, off course, there can be delay in arrival time and before going to the airport on January 4, you should contact Islamabad Airport flight enquiry number 114 to get exact arrival time of the flight.

That's all info I have.
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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:52 pm

First Flight of Hajis Arrives At Lahore Airport

LAHORE:
The first hajj flight carrying 433 pilgrims from Jeddah arrived at the Lahore Airport on Tuesday.

Hajj director Syed Farogh Aftab Zaidi along with officials of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) welcomed the pilgrims.

About 106,500 pilgrims from Pakistan, including 40,000 from Lahore, had gone to Saudi Arabia for hajj this year. The pilgrims will return through 83 special hajj flights of the PIA. The return of the hajjis will continue till January 24 and three flights will bring more than 1,000 pilgrims every day. The pilgrims have been allowed to carry 32 kilogrammes of weight and 10 litres of Ab-e-Zamzam with them, Zaidi said.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:57 pm

KARACHI: First post-Hajj flight lands at Karachi airport

KARACHI, Dec 26:
The first PIA Hajj flight carrying 433 Hajis arrived at the Hajj terminal on Wednesday. PIA officials and ground staff welcomed the Hajis with garlands.

The PIA post-Hajj operation will bring back a total of 121,447 Hajis from Saudi Arabia through 364 flights.

PIA had made special arrangements for the provision of free transportation from Haji camps to the airport, complimentary Hajj books, besides Ahrams and Abayas to the pilgrims.

The post-Hajj operation will conclude on Jan 24, 2008.

Source: DAWN

First Post-Hajj Flight Lands At Faisalabad

FAISALABAD, Dec 26 (APP):
The first flight of post Hajj operation landed at Faisalabad International Airport here Wednesday morning.

PIA had airlifted a total of 4000 intending pilgrims from Faisalabad to Saudi Arabia through 20 flights during the pre Hajj operation.

Flight PK 4402 carrying 205 pilgrims landed at Faisalabd Airport at 7.30 a.m., including 85 female and 120 male pilgrims.

PIA district manager Umar Daraz and station manager Manzoorul Hasan Station received the flight and felicitated the pilgrims on performing this important religious obligation.

The airline sources said that the post Hajj operation (Faisalabad) will be completed on January 7, 2008.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan
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Post by AP-BGL » Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:56 pm

Thank you so much for the information Abbas Ali, much appreciated.
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Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:54 am

PIA is operating a daily schedule of 12 Hajj flights according to Shahnaz Shaikh, PIA’s Station Manager in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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