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PIA moves towards Global Alliances
Karachi April 03, 2007
Pakistan International Airlines has taken another step forward towards its mission of “Participating in Global Alliances”. PIA recently entered into code share agreements with Thai Airways & China Southern Airlines.
PIA and Thai Airways have entered into an exclusive strategic alliance whereby the two airlines will code share on all flights operated by both airlines between PIA & Thailand. This agreement is effective from March 25, 2007 in the summer 2007 schedule. Thai Airways will be operating 12 weekly frequencies, five from Lahore, four from Karachi and three from Islamabad. PIA will be operating four frequencies per week, two each from Karachi & Islamabad. However, PIA is presently operating only two weekly frequencies between Islamabad and Bangkok.
Passengers will now have the option to travel on any of the 14 frequencies with greater flexibility of itinerary. Passengers will also be free to travel on any route without the requirement of endorsement. For example a passenger holding ticket on Karachi-Bangkok-Karachi route can now travel on Karachi-Bangkok-Lahore or Karachi-Bangkok-Islamabad or Islamabad-Bangkok-Islamabad by any of the two airlines. The two airlines have also extended SPAs to each other on domestic sectors.
Pakistan International Airlines (PK) and Thai Airways (TG) have also agreed on establishing common market selling fares from Pakistan & Bangkok and through fares on all beyond points that are not served by PIA.
In another step forward, PIA & China Southern Airlines have entered into a long term strategic partnership. The two carriers now have code share on all flights between Pakistan & China effective March 25, 2007. China Southern Airlines (CZ) is the marketing partner on Pakistan International Airline’s (PK) operated flights between Islamabad and Beijing. The flights will also carry CZ flight numbers. Similarly, PIA is the marketing carrier on CZ operated flights between Urumqi and Islamabad.
PIA shall have six weekly frequencies to the People’s Republic of China, three to Beijing and three to Urumqi which is the epicenter of all business activities in China.
PIA is already a code share partner of AeroSvit airlines of Ukraine for operation between Karachi and Kiev since November 2006. PIA operates between Karachi and Dubai with AeroSvit (VV) as the marketing partner. AeroSvit operates between Dubai and Karachi with PIA as the Marketing Carrier. Passengers travel between Karachi and Dubai on PK flight numbers.
PIA and THY (Turkish Airlines) are also operating under code share agreement on flights between Pakistan and Istanbul since June 2006. PIA operates on Islamabad-Istanbul route while Turkish Airlines operates on Istanbul-Karachi route.
The code share agreements with four airlines in nine months is indicative of PIA’s commitment and resolve to join global alliances to expand its network and frequencies so as to provide convenience to its valued customers and improve the economics of PIA operation.