KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3138 times:
An article on PIA's state of affairs in Pakistans leading english newspaper "DAWN" can be found below.
PIA’s Chicago flight to end in September
By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23: Mounting losses due to eroding customer base forced the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to stop flights to 11 foreign destinations over the past few months and it is going to discontinue its service to yet another destination, Chicago, next month.
The airline with the fast shrinking international network has also decided to reduce frequencies on four destinations. The airline says it is suffering losses to the tune of Rs1 billion a month.
The destinations PIA discontinued its flights to in the past few months are Houston, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome, Athens, Moscow, London, Nairobi, Urumqi, Singapore and Colombo, while Chicago would be taken off the PIA operation charts from Sept 15.
The destinations that are being operated with reduced frequencies are Paris, Birmingham, New York and Dubai.
Aviation experts see PIA being reduced to a regional carrier.
The decision to scale down operations comes at a time when foreign carriers flying from destinations abandoned by PIA for being commercially unattractive are either seeking increased frequencies or plan to resume their operations to Pakistan. Planned resumption of flights between Karachi-Lahore and Frankfurt by Lufthansa is just one example.
Other airlines planning to resume operations to Pakistan include Air France and the Swiss Airline. British Airlines is increasing its flights to Islamabad and is also considering flights to Karachi. Similarly, Cathay Pacific is increasing the number of its flights to Karachi.
Its unfortunate but there is no hiding from it.I have been saying for months on this forum that PIA will most certainly become just a regional carrier for the most part,with just a handful of long haul flights to cities with large Pakistani immigrant populations.(The London mentioned in the article is Stansted)
And no,they are not cutting all these routes because of the lame excuse some supposed PIA experts use on this forum blaming the EU aircraft restrictions.The cause is simply their eroding customer base,highlighted clearly by the article as well.
Who wants to travel an airline with:
1, absurd schedules
2, lack of frequencies
3, inconsistent inflight product
4, no alliance and a hopeless FF program
5, rampant delays
6, No booze (dry airline)....etc...etc...etc
Plus they have their work cut out by relying entirely on a very low yield home market,not exactly easy for an airline with 350 employees/aircraft coupled with hopeless management.
Too add insult to injury (from PK's perspective),their traditional hub KHI is now dominated by carriers from the gulf.With the significant amount of seats offered by the likes of EK,EY,QR and no such issues that plague the home airline-PIA is all but gone from KHI in terms of long haul traffic.The precious few long hauls left are targeted for LHE and ISB.
What this results in eventually is the Rs.1billion loss/month (Equates to $17m/month or $200m/year) and they have been incurring these for all ages now.The Government of Pakistan keeps injecting funds into PK to bail it out otherwise it would not be flying today,thats how dire the financial situation is.At this point in time,the state has too many other things to worry about then PIA.The airline has no choice but to consolidate and reduce its exposure.Hence a reduction in its international network,specially loss making long haul routes,is a matter of certainty.
Personally i have no doubt that PIA will become essentially a regional airline,if it hasnt already.They should sell their B777LR's as they cant utilize them anyway.Even after PK consolidates and is left serving just a handful of long haul routes catering to immigrant Pakistanis in UK and US,the only way they can win is by offering atleast daily frequencies.With B772 in 2-class config as their smallest a/c,that would be simply too much capacity.
What they will absolutely need at that point will be aircraft that are designed for thin and long routes.That means they must invest in B787's very soon as it would allow them to operate daily flights without offering excessive capacity.
I hope PK gets bought out by one of the gulf based airlines,as i feel thats the only hope long term.
777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6774 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3031 times:
Quoting KHI747 (Thread starter): I hope PK gets bought out by one of the gulf based airlines,as i feel thats the only hope long term
Quoting KHI747 (Thread starter): The destinations PIA discontinued its flights to in the past few months are Houston, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome, Athens, Moscow, London, Nairobi, Urumqi, Singapore and Colombo, while Chicago would be taken off the PIA operation charts from Sept 15.
Rome schedules still up at website.
Quoting KHI747 (Thread starter): With B772 in 2-class config as their smallest a/c,that would be simply too much capacity
They also have Y+, which I think market as third class.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2829 times:
Quoting 777way (Reply 1): They also have Y+, which I think market as third class.
Yes Y+ is another class but in terms of seating there is no difference between Y and Y+
For all practical purposes the B777's in PK's fleet are configured as 2 class aircraft (Y/Y+ and J)
Quoting 777way (Reply 1): Quoting KHI747 (Thread starter):
I hope PK gets bought out by one of the gulf based airlines,as i feel thats the only hope long term
Which airline do you think is a candidate for acquiring PK? In my opinion it has to be one from UAE,EY more likely then EK since its from Abu Dhabi.But it also doesnt have to be an airline necessarily....
Jambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2613 times:
It is sad to see PIA re-introduce NBO flights then close down. And for almost one year after closing down their flights to NBO, they still mantained their own offline office in the city and a manager from Pakistan plus the staffs and other bills e.t.c
Just a short while back they appointed an Agent to cater for offline sales and closed down their own offices, sent the Manager back... but to run offices without any flights for 1 year is abit too much.....
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
Quoting 777way (Reply 7): Qatar Airways, more so since they gifted the Amiri Flight A310, they are expecting something return, rumored that things are being worked out, maybe thats why PIA is being made to sink.
Very true.Qatar is a very likely option as well.....economic ties between the countries are getting stronger and stronger BUT i dont know if the gifting of the A310 and more so the financial situation of PK are necessarily linked to this.PK has been a hopeless case for the better part of the last 3 decades.