Boeing 787 hi, surpsrisingly PIA is still preffered over the privates, as most of them failed to really provide a good product to customers, righ now Aero Asia(E4) are flying old 732's and DC9's while Shaheen(NL) have the Tu154 and Yak42, neither are very concious of their corporate identity, so they dont have livery's, just lease aircraft and paste their logo and titles on them regardless of what colour the aircraft may be sporting from the previous operater, inflight service seems to be lacking as well, they only thing thats attractive about them is the cheaper fare and in this case too its only Aero Asia that has the lowest fares, making them the most succesful carriers of the lot, they havent shut down for one day since launching service in late 1992 (NL have wrapped up twice) and are popular with budget travellers and labour market in the middle east as they and Shaheen fly to the Gulf region competeing with PIA as well, another advantage they have on the home front is that they only fly on profitable routes like Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi, as well as some others, while PIA who have to maintain a loss making domestic network, the privates dont even fly to Quetta which is a provincial capital.
Shaheen have been bought of by a Canadian company operated by Pakistani's, yet to see how they will revamp the carrier.
(Air Blue) are new to the scene, and a breath of fresh air, they offer IFE on their A320's, plus "gourmet" meals, a smart corporate identity but they are nearly as expensive as PIA, havent heard much about them from anyone, they offered a 50% discount on flights for the firsdt month of oeprations, and fares were lower than the Train, the airline is already facing some problems with their plans as the Pak CAA raised taxes, parking fee, handling charges by 50% etc on all domestic operations, they claim that the fees remains the cheapest in the region even blew that charged by India, airline sare planning to raise the issue with the President.
Another private called Air Pearl is said to be in the making but no update on them, just that they had taken an ex-United 732 in full basic UA
livery, it was in Karachi till January.
Bhoja Air, a third rate enterprise who had wrapped up operations in early 2000 are also trying to make a come back.