NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
I just read an article that referred to Air Blue http://www.airblue.com as a Pakistani LCC. I had never heard of them before, but their website is pretty sharp and impressive, and it says they were founded in 2004. Currently they fly between the five or six biggest Pakistani cities. Good for Pakistan! Hope they do well! Anyone know more about them? I'm surprised I've never read about them on these forums before.
Good to see the LCC model spreading to other parts of the world traditionally dominated by behemoth state-owned carriers.
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2560 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3822 times:
My friend / roommate's uncle is the owner / president of Air Blue.... supposedly he came to the U.S. recently to do 'some business' with boeing. I enquired more, but since my roommate is useless he told me he didnt know anything else about it... and yes, I am serious.
It does look like a pretty nice LCC, and looks to grow substantially in the near future. Apparently they want to open up a few int'l routes soon, to neighboring nations, and other nearby places like Dubai.
NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3800 times:
It does seem like a knockoff of B6. However, imitation is the best form of flattery. I wonder if B6 cares - if anything, they're probably proud that others would want to imitate their model and corporate identity, just so long as there are no copyright violations. Obviously, there is no threat of competition between the two.
A bit off-topic, but I wonder if any similar airline imitations have happened before? Does anyone know if Air Blue's founders had B6 in mind when they created this?
Also - anyone else notice that the site is 100% English, not even a link to translate to Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. How "modern" of them, but I wonder if the average Pakistani might look at them as arrogant, or catering only to the richest/most educated. Which doesn't really jive with the idea of marketing to the Gulf labor force, as others have suggested.