Air Arabia starting operations to Karachi

First it was Dubia with Emirates, then came Abu Dhabi with Etihad, now its Sharjahs turn to operate an airline to Pakistan. Air Arabia, the first low-cost airways of the UAE will be starting operations from Sharjah to Karachi and Peshawar soon.

The one area where Air Arabia differs from the others is price. They claim to be 40% cheaper than the others. Lets see if they can keep up with that claim here. Their website is pretty impressive, with online booking and payment features allowing you to purchase your ticket online.

8 Comments so far

  1. AhadAustin (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    Yesterday I was coming to Pakistan from Riyadh via Abu Dhabi with Etihad.

    The worst customer service I ever had after Saudia Airline. Gulf Airlines treat customer like a Sheep, Then I realized that Yaar appni PIA is better, Kiya howa agar Airhostess thoree moti hain.
    Never Travel on Etihad !

  2. Liar ;-) (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    Eithad Airways customer support is pathetic.
    However there flight services are certainly exemplary.
    I travelled from US to Islamabad a few wee back and even in da economy class you can certainly feel a whole lot comfortable .

    Tell planes are new and thus latest technology is applied.
    Wifi services is also given for Free

  3. Sufi (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    Their website is ordinary I believe.. That’s great. Sharjah Mumbai is 200 AED.. Karachi might be same, thats nice.

  4. wasiq (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    jaazak allah!

  5. JayJay (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 3:45 am

    Customer Service is an interesting topic. I don’t know to what extent the airlines go to please Paki customers. It is all relative; a service standard good enough for once might not be acceptable to other.

    Sometimes the biggest disincentive for aircrew to provide optimum customer service is the attitude of passengers. I have seen Paki passengers boarding planes from Dubai or Abu Dhabi for Pakistan, casually placing their overload of hand carriage in aisles, blocking the passages. No plea from the crew seemed to slip through; language barriers, behavioral reluctance, incivility, all combined. It was only at the urging of some fellow passengers that packages were removed. Now everyone wanted to have water and/or juice at once before even the plane could take off. Thus “dings” of buttons to call the crew to be at their beck and call were playing a musical cacophony of sorts. Then the plane was hardly in air, with “seatbelt on” lights still one, when some passengers started making a beeline to the toilets, notwithstanding the protestation of the staff. The dash was apparently prompted by the need for ablution as it was an approximate time of a prayer and the faithful did not want to miss the ritual no mater what the circumstances. I have heard from friends that communal prayers on board are becoming a norm on Intra-Pakistan flights and flights to/from the Islamic Republic–hindrance of passenger movement and violation of safety rules obviously lose out when it comes to religious rites. We however were spared this spectacle on this flight although. We all know that once the flight touches the ground, irrespective of the fact that plane is still taxing and seatbelt signs are on, passengers stand up and make a huddle towards the exit doors. Well, this flight was no different.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Great – Air Arabia coming to KHI & PSHR at AED 200 ~ 500 round trip no food no drinx. Thats still WAY TOO ECONOMICAL –

    Emirates can kiss good bye for traffic to KHI and PSHR –

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
  8. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    Talking about Arabia – King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civil award on President General Pervez Musharraf in recognition of his services for bringing the two countries closer and for the unity and strength of the Muslim Ummah.

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