g2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 439 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8780 times:
Amsterdam and Manchester will be suspended from the end of October. Turkish airlines will through a codeshare agreement with PIA, offer connections from the suspended cities. Paris is also due for closure early 2013.
According to the article,, CPH and CDG is their worst performing destination. From what I hear, CPH will be served until PIA decides to how it will serve OSL. A new route structure for OSL will be presented around Christmas, leaving OSL to be likely connected as a one stop to Toronto.
PIA admits that their Oslo are performing exceptionally with the highest average yield within all it's network.
As mentioned earlier, PIA has also done several attempts to link Houston via OSL, but the local oil and gas industry have not been to enthusiastic about their plans. Wonder why ......
In 2006, outside of the Middle-East, MAN was PK's best performing route. Granted, many things have changed since then, but I would be surprised if MAN was the first to go. For starters, why would PK order additional 77Ws if they were going to withdraw?
g2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8506 times:
Here is the link presenting the closure of MAN and AMS.
Quote: LAHORE - For, what aviation analysts term, implementation of an agreement between the Pakistan International Airlines and the Turk Hava Yollari, the PIA is going to cease its Manchester and Amsterdam operation from October 26 without prior notice to passengers who had made reservations, sources said on Friday.According to the THY-PIA deal, the national airline is bound to operate direct flights only to London, Toronto, Oslo, Paris and Copenhagen
aznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3541 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8411 times:
Quoting g2scandinavia (Thread starter): As mentioned earlier, PIA has also done several attempts to link Houston via OSL, but the local oil and gas industry have not been to enthusiastic about their plans. Wonder why ......
As interesting as PK wanting to restart IAH, I highly doubt it. Their best bet is to go for the codeshare with TK as TK is about to start IST-IAH services 01Apr13.
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Well, it's been presented serveral times in the local press here along with some articles in Pakistanian medias.
It's also been presented by some of the Pakistanian airliners members in other threads regarding PIA.
Copenhagen used to have simmalar perfomance untill Gulf, Emirates, Turkish and Qatar entered the market. From what I hear, Gulf Air have taken most of it. According to the Pakistani Embassy in Norway, the Pakistani community also enjoys the highest level of average income and educational level that of any other oversea settlements of Pakistanis. A privilege for PIA who have enjoyed a very pleasant yield and high fares from OSL ever since they started the service.
I have also had the pleasure to be involved in a process of linking Oslo to Houston through a direct service where PIA where did it last attempt in 2011. I still have the pleasure to enjoy some first line information of what is going on @ OSL
The problem with OSL and CPH is that they are to small to operate individually. OSL have a higher number of native pakistanians than Denmark and PIA have therefore been operating some flights direct to OSL as a third aditional weekly service. However the 777-200/300 are in general too big for a direct service to OSL and a combination with another destination would be the key for a future sustainable service.
Thanks, however the suspention of CPH is nothing new and is the very reason reason why several new suggestions have been presented for OSL during the last two years. To be honest, I'm more supprised of why they keep BCN to their network.
g2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3472 times:
Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 14): What article are you referring to? In the link you provided later in the thread there is a comment about them being loss-inflicting.
Confront one of PIA's representatives and they will provide you with the information. They told us
They are openly seeking new ways of serving OSL because of the great impact the Gulf carriers have had on their CPH operations. Look at some of the fares (also business) offered through PIA to Asia from CPH, and you will find it too cheap to even dear to consider a trip!
The one refered to in this thread:
Quote: The PIA could have temporarily suspended its loss-inflicting routes like Copenhagen, Paris, Barcelona
Quote: I følge talsmannen for PIA skal den svært så lite lukrative ruten som i dag går til København ha blitt vurdert å legges ned også fra samme dato. Selskapet har allikevel valgt å holde den oppe en stund til framover. Men ruten til Danmark er et rent tapsprosjekt og selskapet vil ta en ny vurdering etter jul.
Read the whole tread as your question has already been answered.
Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 14): I suppose that's why they have been operating as tag-on destinations.
Correct, but OSL as a profitable destination will not be a money maker unless it's combined with the right kind of destination. Serving OSL directly would probably resulting in reduced capacity and a less attractive product (if it ever could be said about PIA). About 60% of the traffic with PIA to/from Scandinavia is bound to/from OSL.
Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 14): Isn't it evident that EK will join QR at serving OSL sooner or later and then expose PIA to the same competition as they have experience in CPH?
It's tempting to agree with you, but as usual I do not think you have studied the numbers and the market potential. Norway have twice as many Pakistanis as Denmark (39.000 NO - 21.000DK). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistanis_in_norway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistanis_in_Denmark
Almost 10% of the medical students in Oslo are of Pakistani heritage. The figure is significant as Pakistani Norwegians only constitute 3.67% of Oslo's population. The proportion of Pakistani Norwegians, born and raised in Norway, in higher education at university level is higher than the Norwegian national average. Amongst Pakistani Norwegians born and raised in Pakistan the share is 17%, the same as the average for Norwegian immigrants in general.
According to the Pakistani Embassy in Norway, the Pakistani community also enjoys the highest level of average income and educational level that of any other oversea settlements of Pakistanis. A privilege for PIA who have enjoyed a very pleasant yield and high fares from OSL ever since they started the service.
It's easily also reflected when you look into the numbers of their business bookings as the waste majority of seats are booked to/from Oslo. Qatar have done several attempt to dig into this lucrative market from OSL with low fares and focus on product, but PIA is surprisingly hardy affected. They local passengers seems very loyal although there have been some previous complains about their high fares and lack of competition from Oslo.
Emirates will definitely have an impact on PIA's operations to/from OSL, but the market are twice as big from OSL with a significant more yield bringing load so It could work, even with more gulf carriers present.
g2scandinavia From Norway, joined Jun 2010, 439 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2870 times:
They did actually invite the largest companies to discuss a Houston service. But the response was not very enthusiastic to say at least. A representative visited several companies. I have also some difficulties to See why they even would have considered that link. To this date, it all seems to be an ever increasing wierd attempt!
I think it was in April or may last year it happend.
tayaramecanici From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
In the month of August, i checked the pax loads on PIA & EK, on the internal dep screens at BHX on the days i worked, Approx 15 in a 4x4 shift.
EK eve flt departs approx 90min after PIA. Both operate the B777.
PIA: Averaged 200/flt
EK: Averaged 350/flt
Considering it was school holidays and the month of ramzan, i was expecting PIA to do better.
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aznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3541 posts, RR: 5 Reply 21, posted (7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
Quoting g2scandinavia (Reply 17): They did actually invite the largest companies to discuss a Houston service. But the response was not very enthusiastic to say at least. A representative visited several companies. I have also some difficulties to See why they even would have considered that link. To this date, it all seems to be an ever increasing wierd attempt!
IAH-OSL makes some sense, but IAH-BGO makes better sense to capture oil traffic. I think PK wants to take a page from SQ since their IAH-DME-SIN route has reasonably done well with the hopes of getting 5th freedom to do IAH-OSL. Yet, I would say that a rather weak frequent flyer program, minimal network reach, and lack of alliance partners are contributing factors for the lack of enthusiasm among those companies that would do IAH-OSL.
Quoting g2scandinavia (Reply 20):
According to this thread and article, the ide of a Houston service with PIA is nothing new.
PIA To Go Pakistan-Houston Nonstop '06
PK had an odd schedule when they did serve IAH. They used a combination of KHI / ISB / LHE-MAN-IAH. It was a treat when their 777s with regional tails added a splash of color to the usual suspects at IAH.
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777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5179 posts, RR: 4 Reply 25, posted (7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1563 times:
The above 777 was delivered in March 2007 and PK suspended IAH in winter 2006, it was the only 772 to wear regional tail, the 77W with these tails came much later, AFAIK regional tailed 777s never saw Houston.
747-200M reg BAT had similar tail as the 777 pic, infact PK had changed aircraft to 747M on the route after a year of service, maybe you saw that, the other was a blue floral design on BAK.