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Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:55 pm

Etihad increases flights to Pakistan

Staff Report

KARACHI: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced five additional flights to destinations in Pakistan for this summer.

With this increase in frequencies and other schedule adjustments made across the network, swift and convenient onward connections to the airline's fast growing global network will improve dramatically. From 25th March, three flights will be added on the Karachi – Abu Dhabi route; whereas a total of 10 flights will be made available with a choice of departure time of 13:10 or 23:00. In August, one more flight will be added, resulting in a daily schedule with double daily flights on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Islamabad services will expand with one additional flight, making it a total of 7 flights per week with afternoon and evening departures also available to the guests. The timings of the successful daily Lahore services will also be changed to offer a choice of afternoon and evening departures.

Timings of the Peshawar services have also changed slightly with 2 flights departing every week at 8:30 from 29 March onwards. As a result of the new schedules, connections to Africa and the Middle East will also improve for the Pakistan Guests with additional services added on these routes.

The growth over the past year has been especially strong: from four weekly flights to in February 2006 to 27 flights and three additional cities. These expansions are the result of putting our customers first and providing them with safe, swift and convenient travel alternatives.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS HOW ETIHAD CAN OFFER A DAILY SERVICE WHEN EMIRATES CANNOT.

I have always been led to believe that Emirates wants to offer daily sevices but is unable to do so due to the current bilateral agreements - but doesn't the bilateral agreements cover the UAE as a whole to include DXB AUH BAH MCT?

[Edited 2007-03-24 10:58:06]
 
EK156
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:21 pm

This is weird.... how can they get extra flights???? EK is struggling to get extra flights... what's the agreement between UAE and Pakistan?

How many flights are Air Arabia getting?
 
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:24 pm

Quoting EK-A380 (Thread starter):
UAE as a whole to include DXB AUH BAH MCT

BAH is located in Bahrain
MCT is loacted in the Sultanate of Oman
Both are NOT in U.A.E
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
ronerone
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:57 pm

Maybe EY gets priority being 'the national airline of the UAE' ?

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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:06 am

Air Arabia get four to Karachi and three to Peshawar from April onwards.
 
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:28 am

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 3):
Maybe EY gets priority being 'the national airline of the UAE' ?

Or maybe the Pakistanis authorities gave the frequencies as a favour return after Abu Dhabi built airport few months ago
 
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:27 am

Abu Dhabi only built an airport in Rahim Yar Khan and that too years ago, because the sheikh goes to hunt the endangered Houbara Bustard in the region of Southern Punjab province, his 744 flies into that place.

Pakistan has always seemed had closer ties with the Nahyan family than with the Maktoums of Dubai as far as I know.
 
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:43 pm

Quoting 777way (Reply 6):
Pakistan has always seemed had closer ties with the Nahyan family than with the Maktoums of Dubai as far as I know.

with all of us in UAE, Pakistan is a special friend for every Emirati
 
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:06 pm

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 7):
with all of us in UAE, Pakistan is a special friend for every Emirati

What a warm statement! Thanks Dear Friend!!

Personally I think it is because EY is the Nation Airline of UAE. But I would love to see EK to expand in Pakistan and I think EK deserves that!!! The Pakistani goverenment and CAA should pay attention to how many people got a job in Pakistan because of EK. Being that directly or indirectly
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khi747
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:11 am

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 7):
with all of us in UAE, Pakistan is a special friend for every Emirati

Indeed a warm statement and vice versa as well.Relationship between Pakistan and Al Maktoums is very close but it is a fair observation that Pakistan and Al Nahyans are even closer thanks to the great late Sheikh Zayed.This could explain why Etihad gets more favours then Emirates.

But im all for EY expanding in Pakistan and i do travel quite alot on EY (silver tier FF member) but i did take a slight look at the new timetable into KHI and it appeared that the A332 would be featured less and the B767 and A343 would take over.Thats bad news because nothing compares to the J class product offered on the A332/A345/B773.But all in all EY is a much better airline then EK for premium classes,but they do need to improve and expand the premium lounge in AUH soon though
 
ek-a380
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RE: Etihad Increases Flights To Pakistan

Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:48 am

THanks for everyones replies and feedback, however I could do with some inside information on this from someone within EK.

Would love to get to know the real reasons behind this and get the full lowdown.