in Aerospace

BA touches down in Islamabad

Posted 3 June 2019 · Add Comment

British Airways landed in Islamabad today as it began its first service between the UK and Pakistan in 10 years.



Crowds greeted the aircraft in Islamabad as both the Union Flag and Pakistan’s national flag were waved from the cockpit roof hatch. British Airways has officially opened an office in Islamabad for the airline’s local dedicated team, which is testament to the investment the airline is making in the country.

On board the first flight from London was Andrew Brem, Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways, he said: “Today is a great occasion for British Airways as we resume flights to Islamabad after a decade.  The atmosphere on board our state-of-the-art 787 aircraft was spectacular, as was the warm welcome on the ground. British Airways has a proud history of flying to Pakistan – we first operated flights to Islamabad in 1976 – and we couldn’t be more excited to be back.”

The International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, said: “The relaunch of British Airways flights between the UK and Pakistan after more than ten years will be a major boost for trade between our two countries. It is no surprise that it is an iconic British airline that is the first western airline to fly return to Pakistan, a symbol of the strong and growing relationship between our two countries.

“I congratulate the British Airways team, the British High Commission and the impressive efforts of the Pakistani government for making this happen. We are confident that British Airways will act as a catalyst to bring even more British companies to one of the world’s largest markets.”

Flights will run three-per-week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from London Heathrow, operated using a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner with World Traveller (long-haul economy), World Traveller Plus (long-haul premium economy) and Club World (long-haul business class).

The airline has a number of Pakistani and British Pakistani colleagues who speak Urdu and there has already been considerable interest from these colleagues to work on the flights.


 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Air BP and CNAF expand partnership

Air BP and China National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF) today announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to operate a general aviation fuel business in Southwest China, covering Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province and Chongqing

IBA fields the world’s largest team of senior certified ISTAT Appraisers

Specialist aviation consultancy, Leatherhead-based IBA Group, has become home to the world’s largest team of appraisal experts with the new qualification of Youcef Berour Minarr.

Nasmyth TMF secures Chemical Processing Nadcap approval

Nasmyth TMF, Nasmyth Group’s specialist metal finishing facility in Southern California, has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for Chemical Processing.

Dyer & Butler Director Steve Broom wins RoSPA award

Dyer & Butler Director of Safety, Sustainability & Training Steve Broom has been announced as the winner of the Influencer of the Year Award at the 2019 RoSPA Inspiration Awards.

TEC gain AESQ Training Provider status

TEC Transnational have secured AESQ (Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality) Training Provider status.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport appoints Liz Askam as property manager

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has appointed Liz Askam as property manager responsible for the asset management of Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s tenant property portfolio.

See us at
DSEI JP BT1605201119SMI FAV BT1006141119VIDSE BT1605060320ADSS1000DBT1706171019SMI ActiveP BT1206121119SMI GMS BT1906071119