Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3403 times:
from the www:
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF FLIGHTS
UK International Airlines (UKIA) regrets to announce TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of its scheduled service to Sharjah and Islamabad due to OPERATIONAL REASONS. The company is keen to put in place a number of improvements which will provide our valued passengers with enhanced customer service, and enjoyable flying experience. UKIA is unable to put in place the envisaged improvements in an efficient manner whilst continuing to undertake flights as per its current schedule.
UKIA's Management is convinced that its valued customers will significantly benefit from the improvements it intends to introduce with the re launch of its enhanced service early in the New Year.
UKIA apologizes to its valued customers for the inconvenience caused at this busy time, and thanks them for their patience and understanding.
and from Wikipedia:
Quote: Suspension of services
UKIA have indefinitely suspended all operations since December 23, 2007. The company cites ongoing concerns about the fleet and problems with security at Islamabad International Airport.
Koruman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3247 times:
Bear in mind that "Islamabad" airport is just the new name for Rawalpindi Airport, which is where this assassination occurred a couple of days later. (Actually, the new version is that this is where this person banged her head on a sunroof and died).
With elections supposedly two weeks away, would any well-run airline be flying there at this time if it had a choice?
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
Quoting MHG (Reply 4): To me looks like thereÃ‚Â´s some similarity with MAXJETÃ‚Â´s problem regarding the B 767 "hardware" (older 767 getting more prone to corrosion or other tech. issues plus increasing leasing rates...)
Technical issues - such as? MaxJet's idiotic business plan did them in. It had nothing to do with operating the 767.
I'm surprised that anyone's actually surprised this carrier is faltering. I'm surprised this is even newsworthy. They operate ONE aircraft. It - like many others before it - will not doubt fade into history soon and the rest of the industry won't even blink.
Debonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2564 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3019 times:
Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 8): Given that their only aircraft is G-GECU ex N603UA, I expect that the issue is mx related.
This aircraft is MSN 21684 LN 4 built in 1981, and probably the oldest B767 still flying.
Yeap, oldest still flying, BUT if you have a closer look on their time-table, you will notice, that the a/c is doing just "nothing"... There is enough time between the flights to take care of her problems.
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1042 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2714 times:
The a/c - G-CECU - has had some mx issues and there have been delays (inlcuding one of 24 hours), but nothing that's stopped the flying. As someone else said, there's so much downtime in the schedule it really shouldn't be an issue at present. The reason why they've stopped flying is out there - in fact someone did hit on it above. Whether UKIA do resume ops remains to be seen. Shame if they go down for good really, as the numbers were beginning to look quite good.
BlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 3185 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
Crews leaving en masse....cabin crew leaving despite being tied to a bond....wages not being paid this month...The aircraft recently "temporarily" confiscated back by the lessor...flights rarely on time, and if "on time" a whole day late...passengers stranded in ISB over Christmas following the suspension of flights (not forgetting the spot of unrest currently going on)...no less than 8 management personnel have walked...dear oh dear oh dear.
Mr Khaliq will have to sell plenty of sofas and chairs in the sales before this albatross ever gets airborne again.
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(