GF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
PIA will start a direct flight to Chicago from next summer as part of its plan to attract new passengers.
Chicago has a large Pakistani community which has been demanding a direct flight to the city for sometime. Members of the Pakistani community complain that as the PIA flight comes only to New York, those living in Chicago have to wait at the JFK Airport for four to five hours to catch a connecting flight. This often forces them to take other airlines.
A direct flight, they say, would not only save them from this trouble but would also encourage them to fly PIA.
In the late 1980s, PIA extended its New York flights to Chicago but it was later abandoned. The community complains that extending the New York flight did not solve its problem as it failed to shorten the flight time.
"Now we plan to fly directly to Chicago from a destination in Europe, probably Manchester or Birmingham," said PIA's Chief Operating Officer Khurshid Anwar.
The airlines also plans to upgrade its service to New York and Toronto by 2003.
Khurshid Anwar - Chief Operating Officer said at present the airlines sent 190-seater planes to the two cities but in two years it planned to replace them with 310-seaters. "We are also considering proposals for extending our service to Houston and Los Angeles," he said. PIA, he said, also intended to revive its old routes to Mashhad, Tehran, Istanbul and Nairobi.
Bigmo747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
U mean the middle to late 1990's. I'm sure that PK did not have Chicago Service in the late 1980's. My ex-girlfriend actually flew on the Chicago flight back in 1997/1998--she told me that from Chi to NY and from NY to Chi the plane was practically empty.
Another reason the flight didn't to well was a lack of promotion of the chicago destination by PIA. Alot of pakistani people in Chicago had no clue that PIA was actually flying there. What PIA need to is start kicking up some serious advertising in North America--especially if they are planning on adding Houston and LA also. They need to put ads in newspapers, stick up signs at the airports, put up bilboards on highways and advertise on the local pak/indian channels. If they dont do this--i'm pretty sure these intended flights wont do to well. They also need to mention in their advertising the fact that they have brand spanking new 777's on the way, with all the luxuries other carriers offer such as ptv's behind every seat.
I also mentioned in a post a few weeks back that PIA is seriously considering adding 2 or 3 flights a week to EWR. This info i got from a high ranking PIA employee at JFK. They want to follow suit with Air-India.
Lets just hope PIA can accomplish these goals and regain the glory of it's past.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7496 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
Surprised that they say that both routes use 190 seaters. The YYZ service operates through BHX and I believe they get A310s*, but surely they have more than 190 seats in the 747s which operate to JFK (even the combis) .
Wonder if they will give BHX & MAN one further transatlantic route each for future expansion after ORD; I wouldn't be surprised if the ORD route operates through BHX (no competition there, so the 5th freedom rights may come in useful).
* not intended to start an "argument"...just stating a fact; I wish we were getting them and I'll gladly send you the PK 747s!