Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 390 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
Since British Airways are not too keen on returning to the Pakistani market, it makes sense that they transfer the route to their franchise partner British Meditteranean, just as they did with Iran,Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan all former BA 'proper' routes, BA served Islamabad till 2001 before that they flew to Karachi also till 1991. Bmed's A320/321 fleet would be more suited to operate profitable services to amlost every major Pakistani city including Lahore and per4haps even Peshawar in the NWFProvince. By the way do you think Bmed will also add Afghanistan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to their network in the future? maybe even Urumqi in western China.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
I believe the A321s are used on the longer hops (i.e. Tehran non-stop).
I'm sure BA would love to serve the Pakistan market; I'm guessing security fears are hindering any decision. I also wonder what the potential for high-yield traffic is...I'm sure filling the economy section wouldn't be a problem though (in common with most routes).
I remember reading that Bmed were interested in Tashkent (reported in Airline Business magazine).
Ba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8706 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
BA has only 'suspended' the Pakistan routes due to security issues.
The routes have not been dropped.They will be re-started as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
At the current time,BMED only wish to fly aircraft from the A320 series,so Pakistan would be out of range of a loaded 320/321 unless they added a fuel stop.This is something some customers might prefer rather than flying PIA.