After more than a decade, first British Airways flight lands in Pakistan

After 11 years, first British Airways flight landed in Pakistan.


After 11 long years, the first British Airways flight has finally landed in Pakistan. It landed in Pakistan yesterday, on Monday at Islamabad International Airport.

As state media reported, flight no BA-261 carrying 240 passengers via Boeing 787 Dreamliner, touched down at 9:25 am. With this inaugural flight after a decade, British Airways becomes the only Western airline to serve Pakistan.

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Z Bukhari and British High Commissioner Thomas Drew welcomed the passengers.

The new advancement in this regard is likely to ease the lives of the Pakistanis residing overseas as the British carrier will make travel easy.

Why did British Airways halt operations in Pakistan?

The British carrier halted services back in 2008 after the deadly Marriott Hotel attack in Islamabad. It will return in June 2019 with three weekly flights from London’s Heathrow airport to the national capital.

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Over a million Pakistanis are currently residents to Britain. Ever since the Marriott attack, the overseas Pakistanis were largely dependent on Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates and Etihad. As all these international flights are routed through the Gulf, it not only increases the travel time but also adds to the travel expense.

While struggling Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was the only direct carrier with direct flights between both countries, British Airways will also ease the lives of our overseas diaspora.

British Airways returns:

The airways will serve three flights weekly via Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and will perform duties to the federal capital’s main international airport.

The airways will offer ‘bespoke’ services, including halal meat options and sauces that do not have pork or alcohol as an ingredient. The sources also revealed that the airways are considering hiring Urdu speaking Pakistani and British Pakistani cabin crew to work on the flights.

“The anticipation from customers and colleagues has been palpable and we hope customers in both the UK and Pakistan will enjoy the classically British service we offer, with thoughtful bespoke touches”, said Andrew Brem, chief commercial officer at British Airways.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew says that with British Airways coming to Pakistan means new avenues of opportunities and “an increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan”.

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