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PIA Discontinues 40% Discount for Senior Citizens and Disabled Travelers

PIA Discontinues 40% Discount for Senior Citizens and Disabled Travelers


Sumera Saeed | February 2, 2018 | category: News

PIA Discontinues 40% Discount for Senior Citizens and Disabled Travelers. There is sad news from Pakistan International Airline (PIA), the airline has discontinues to offer 40% discount for the senior citizen and disabled travelers.

PIA is suffering the financial loss and now the airline has declared that it is ending the 40% discount reserved for senior citizens and disabled travelers.

PIA was offering the 20% discount for senior citizens 65, and above for traveling to and from the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The discount was applicable to domestic flights in economy, business, & economy plus flights.

While the airlines was offering 40% discount for disabled along with 20% discount to their attendants on flights to Pakistan from Bombay, Delhi, Dhaka and Kabul.

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PTI Strongly Criticizes Daniyal Aziz Statement Regarding PIA Privatization

PTI Strongly Criticizes Daniyal Aziz Statement Regarding PIA Privatization


admin | January 16, 2018 | category: News

PTI strongly criticizes Daniyal Aziz statement regarding PIA privatization.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has strongly criticized the statement of Federal Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz regarding privatization of Pakistan International Airlie (PIA).

According to details, the Central Leader of PTI Asad Umer has stated that Privatization Minister Daniyal Aziz was totally unaware of law and added that Minister should come to Assembly and give policy statement on this important issue.

“Minister should study the legislation first and then give policy statement on it” he added. He said that it clearly mentions in law that Country National Airline should be made better instead to privatize it.

Privatization of PIA Inevitable

Asad Umer alleged that government was clearly losing the country national asset only to protect the personal business interests of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Shujaat Azeem.

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PIA Has its Engines Revved to Deliver Wow-factor to its Customers

PIA Has its Engines Revved to Deliver Wow-factor to its Customers


admin | December 26, 2017 | category: News

PIA Has its Engines Revved to Deliver Wow-factor to its Customers. PIA is ready to implement the first phase of latest business plan, V1 as its called after the V1 Velocity that an aircraft achieves on the runway before committing to fly, to turn around the company in 18 months. As per the latest Business Plan the airline is geared to achieve profitability by 2022, if not earlier.

V1 is the speed at which the aircrafts reaches and the pilot commits to fly! It is the momentum just before taking off. Very aptly, this is the name of the first phase of the actions towards the Big Change.

While introducing the V1 initiative, Dr. Musharaff RasoolCyan, CEO PIA said that “I see PIA dominating the skies again! I see it clearly and I see it surely! And my confidence comes not from things we promise but things we have already delivered and are every day accomplishing to bring a positive change.” He further stated that “the engines are revved and weare on the runway and well on our way to gain maximumspeed to take off. We are committed to fly to great heights,” remarked Dr Cyan, as he introduced the V1 initiative.

Understanding the importance of making changes in the shortest time, the V1 initiative outlines a roadmap to ensure immediate drastic improvements in services. Over 40% of the activities have already been rolled out. The activities include cabin look enhancement; ground staff customer services and cabin crew refresher training; IT transformation for improved customer touch points and ease in interacting with PIA; focus on direct selling channels; new uniform for ground staff; new revenue accounting systems; Rebranding of PIA and increased digital footprint of PIA; and formulation of controls for revenue leakages.

The operating reports from last couple of months confirm PIA’s upward trajectory. The strength of the business plan can be seen in the positive results seen as sales rose by 29% since the month of October 2017, and growing every day. To date PIA has rolled out 7 refurbished aircrafts. Customer Service touch points is also seeing improvements and increased engagement and interaction is being observed through SMS, Call Centre, App and Social Media Platforms. Rebranding of the aircrafts, the flying global billboards, is also underway with new fresher look and feel, contemporary but tied to our rich legacy and lineage.

With a 67% and growing market share in the domestic market, Pakistan International Airlines, is already the national market leader, carrying millions of passengers over largest domestic network, covering all parts of the country. Now the aim is to gain glory on the international realm. In this endeavour a clear roadmap till 2022 has been outlined in the recently launched Business Plan. With a turnaround of the airline promised in 18 months, work is in full gear to achieve the goals.

Using the same customer centricity inspired “Glocal” approach; PIA is changing its business practices and has set clear set of targets till 2022: Increase the fleet from 36 to 43; Increase the revenue by almost 100%; move from an operating loss to an operating profit of 6 Billion; and increase direct networking points from 50 to 57 and virtual network to over 100. PIA also has set itself a new vision, a truly global profitable airline while being the pride of Pakistan, with customer centricity and excellence in everything as the guiding principles.

A nationwide survey was conducted to gauge the need of the travellers. The results of the survey were then transformed into actionable points, almost of all of which now are part of PIA’s V1 initiatives.

The initiatives taken are already getting noticed internationally and are getting the accolades. PIA is spreading its wings once again to soar high in this world like it has never before.

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Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province


Shahid | December 21, 2017 | category: Business

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has invited the private sector to join hands with the government of Gilgit-Baltistan and start flight operation for this area.

While talking to the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Senior Vice President Khawaja Kharar Rashid and Vice President Zeshan Khalil, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, he said that Gilgit-Baltistan is abundant with huge opportunities in tourism, energy and infrastructure sectors. He said that PIA operation for Gilgit-Baltistan is not enough to cater to the needs therefore private sector should come forward and avail this opportunity. Former LCCI President Mian Shafqat Ali also spoke on the occasion.

He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has generated lucrative investment opportunities that must be availed by the local investors. Under this project industrial and economic zones are being established which will create ample employment opportunities for the people of this area.

On the energy sector, CM GB said that Gilgit-Baltistan is not linked with the national grid which is the major hurdle of taping the power generation potential. He said that GIZ and WAPDA have identified the potential of 40,900 MW through feasibility reports. He said that establishment of first grid in Gilgit-Baltistan is at tender stage. He said that no serious work had been done in past for Diamir Bhasha Dam but now situation is quite different. He said that land acquisition for Diamir Bhasha has been completed through transparent way. All record in this regard is available in this regard and a huge amount of Rs. 12 billion is saved through transparency. He said that Diamir Basha, Bujni and Dasu would generate 4500 MW, 7500 MW and 5000 MW of cheap and environment friendly electricity of respectively that would reduce the oil import bill.

CM GB said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif extended laudable help to the government Gilgit-Baltistan in health and education sector. “People of Gilgit-Baltistan are thankful to the taxpayers of Punjab for helping generously”, he concluded.

While talking about the tourism potential, he said that Gilgit-Baltistan is the most wonderful area of the country and has lot of attractions for the tourists. He said that various measures are being taken to tap the vast potential of tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan and focusing this sector for higher economic gain. He said that number of tourists is increasing that is a good sign. He said that apart from tourism, mining, food preservation, the area has a very huge potential for cement and herbal sectors, therefore, the business community should come forward to explore these opportunities that offer a huge dividend.

The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that the region of Gilgit-Baltistan has immense importance in geo-economic and geo-strategic terms. Geographically, Gilgit-Baltistan shares borders in the northeast with China, in the extreme north with Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan, in the west with KPK province and in the south and southeast with Azad Kashmir. He said that it is also endowed with vast resources of metallic, non-metallic, energy minerals, precious /dimension stones and different rocks of industrial use. He said that GB is located at the confluence of world great mountain ranges like the Himalaya, Hindukush, Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which are considered the high roof of the world.

The LCCI President said that Gilgit-Baltistan has a bright economic future. CPEC is expected to bring an economic transformation in Gilgit-Baltistan because of infrastructure development, construction and hydropower stations. Some mega development projects have already been started. He said that according to the Government of Pakistan, the province of Gilgit-Baltistan has a hydropower potential of 19,000 MW as the Indus River and its six main tributaries pass through this region. This potential can be harnessed if the Government establishes a regional grid in Gilgit-Baltistan to interlink all the power potential sites. It is due to the absence of the national grid that the NEPRA’s jurisdiction has not been extended to Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said that Gilgit-Baltistan also has tremendous potential in tourism. Beautiful landscape, unique cultural heritage and rich biological diversity give the region a competitive advantage in attracting tourists from all over the world. He strongly recommended the business community of the city to tap the investment opportunities available in Gilgit-Baltistan in the hospitality business. He said owing to its cool, dry climate and availability of water resources, Gilgit-Baltistan has great potential in agriculture. Fruits such as apricots, apples, grapes, pears and pomegranate are widely produced in this region. Dried fruits and nuts are also produced in this region. This region is ideal for growth of temperate fruits and vegetable and has a low insect, disease, and pest population

Malik Tahir Javaid said that the other sectors in which there is a tremendous potential to invest in Gilgit-Baltistan are food and beverages, healthcare, recreation, travel services, skill development, mineral processing units, hydropower IPPs, handicrafts and retail.

He urged the Government of Pakistan to address the constitutional status needs of the Gilgit-Baltistan according to the wishes of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. They do not have any representation in parliament. It is their demand that they should be declared constitutional citizens of Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan be made a full fledge province. The Government should also make sure that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan reap full benefits from CPEC.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid and Vice President Zeshan Khlil called for value addition in precious and semi-precious stone sectors saying that it would give us more foreign exchange. They informed the CM GB that Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry is already working on establishment of airline.

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PIA Introduces EEC in its Flights for Umrah Pilgrims

PIA Introduces EEC in its Flights for Umrah Pilgrims


Ram zi | December 19, 2017 | category: Business

PIA Introduces EEC in its Flights for Umrah Pilgrims. PIA has introduced Executive Economy Class (EEC) in its flight for Umrah pilgrims.  According to PIA spokesperson Umrah pilgrims will be able to enjoy EEC in Jeddah and Madina Munarwa bound flights.

Business class facility will be provided to Umrah pilgrims in EEC wherein they will be served business class meal. The pilgrims will be allowed to take with them 5 kilograms additional luggage. PIA has also announced to operate extra Umrah flights besides scheduled flights for Umrah pilgrims from Pakistan.

According to PIA spokesperson 4 additional flights will be launched from Karachi, 3 Islamabad, 2 Lahore and one from Multan during the next two weeks.

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“Low credit to private sector hinders economic growth”

“Low credit to private sector hinders economic growth”


Sumera Saeed | January 1, 2017 | category: News

The All Pakistan Business Forum has urged the central bank to review its credit policies to facilitate the private sector, which remained very thin at Rs.18 billion against Rs. 28 billion of last year despite the fact that the government was expecting a better growth rate this year, requiring a higher utilization of private sector credit from the banking system.

APBF president Ibrahim Qureshi said the trend is alarming and a clear barometer of bad financial management of the country, as all the monetary aggregates tell us a sad story of the failure of the authorities.

He said that a low volume of private sector credit off-take means lower domestic investment, hindering business activity and economic growth and promoting unemployment in the country.

Quoting the latest figures of the SBP, he said that cash flows of public sector enterprises received a huge battering because credit to them crossed Rs.53 billion in the first five months of 2016-17, which was 4.6 times higher than the credit availed a year ago.

He lamented the decline in aggregate credit to economy and private sector, as it is very difficult for SME’s to get loans in particular, he said.

The aggregate net credit by banks to the domestic economy registered a sharp fall in the second and first quarter of the year largely due to a significant rise in government domestic borrowing, and the attractive yield of government bonds and treasury bills,” he said.

He said that during the first five months of the current fiscal year, the government has set another record by borrowing more than Rs. 1 trillion from the State Bank as compared to the net retirement of Rs. 170 billion in the corresponding period of last year. Such a high level of borrowings from the SBP should have reduced the government borrowings from the commercial banks,  but the government borrowings from this source also jumped by 78 percent to Rs 377 billion up to November, 2016 against Rs. 211 billion of last year.

Ibrahim Qureshi said that increase in government borrowings from the central bank not only indicates widening fiscal gap between revenues and expenditures, but also shows higher reliance of the government on the central bank for deficit financing due to declining exports.

APBF President said that the issue of higher credit to PSEs is also serious, which reflects the massive losses being increasingly suffered by the public sector units like Railways, PSM, PIA and the government’s inability to address their issues. Restructuring or privatization of such units has been promised a number of times,  but the government often fails to meet its commitment. Higher credit requirements of the government and PSEs reduce the availability of credit to the private sector.

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore


Sumera Saeed | December 23, 2016 | category: Hockey

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore

The National Hockey Championship is to start from today (Friday) at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore. Overall 13 hockey teams are joining the event that will be distributed into four polls.

A total 70-member technical committee has been formed for the preparations of the hockey tournament while talks underway over the sponsorship of the event, said Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Director Development and Domestic Naveed Alam.

He guaranteed to not compromise on the discipline during the championship and declared to take strict action against the violators.

TThe PHF official said that there will be two league rounds of the hockey tournament followed by the semi-finals and final. The semi-finals of the event would be played on 3rd January while final would be held on 4th January, 2017.

  • Pool A: PIA, Navy, Railways
  • Pool B: Wapda, SSGC, HEC
  • Pool C: NBP, Port Qasim, Police and PTV
  • Pool D: Army, SNGPL, PAF

The top two teams from each poll would be supported to next round to compete for super 8 clash.

The PHF Director Domestic said that there would be a discrete championship for the regional teams after a few weeks.

A board of 65 umpires and technical officials for the Hockey championships has also been selected.

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PIA Bars Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone During Travelling

PIA Bars Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone During Travelling


Sumera Saeed | September 11, 2016 | category: Mobile Phones

PIA Bars Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone During Travelling

Pakistan International Airlines Bans the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset on Planes

PIA has declared that the owner of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset not to bring their device during travelling in the planes.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken this decision by keeping in view the decisions of lots of airlines, which barred the use of Samsung latest devices during travelling.

The reason behind banning the Samsung Galaxy devices in the planes is the explosion of the battery of the handset, which causes instant combusting of the smartphone.

Recently, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also barred the consumers of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to carry their device during travelling, as the 35 incidents of device instant combusting reported in different countries of the world.

PIA Bars Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone During Travelling

Samsung, Korean Mobile Manufacturing Company, has stopped the sale of the latest flagship devices and announced the free of charge exchange of the device. The company said that this fault is due to the rare manufacturing error that leads to overheating the battery of the device and finally combusting.

Use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 During Air Traveling May Cause Serious Life Threat

The other airlines including United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Australia´s Qantas, and Virgin Australia have announced the temporarily ban on the use of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board its flights.