Fly Jinnah, Pakistan’s new low-cost airline, made its inaugural flight from Karachi to Islamabad on Monday afternoon, where the airplane was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute. The operations officially began on November 1.
Fly Jinnah operations
The airline, a joint venture of Lakson Group and Air Arabia Group, has a fleet comprising three Airbus A320-200. It will carry out only domestic flights in its first year of operations and will start international flights in the second year, COO Fly Jinnah Arman Yahya told the media.
The airline now operates direct flights from Karachi to Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar on daily basis, while four weekly flights will be carried out between Karachi and Quetta. The company also plans to expand its domestic operations to relatively smaller airports, including the one in Skardu, according to the COO.
The airline received its Air Operator Certificate and Air Operating License from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) earlier this month.
‘Fly Jinnah’ follows Air Arabia’s successful low-cost business model, in which the carrier operates short to medium-haul flights focusing on its customer base with a reliable operation and value-driven product.
About Airbus A320-200
Airbus A320-200 is the most modern and best-selling single-aisle aircraft in the world. The aircraft is configured with 174 seats and is also equipped with “SkyTime”, a free in-flight streaming service that allows passengers to stream a wide selection of entertainment directly to their devices. Customers can also enjoy a variety of snacks, sandwiches, hot meals, and beverages from its onboard “SkyCafe” menu at affordable prices.
The inaugural ceremony of the airline’s first flight was held at a local hotel in Karachi. The ceremony was attended by key members of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, senior leaders of Lakson Group, and Air Arabia Group.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chairman Fly Jinnah Iqbal Ali Lakhani said, “Today’s milestone marks the beginning of Fly Jinnah’s operations. We are confident that Fly Jinnah will offer its customers a convenient air travel option backed up with a value-driven product and services.”
Air Arabia Group CEO Adel Abdullah Ali said, “Today marks a special occasion as Fly Jinnah takes off to the skies. This step reflects the carrier’s strategic commitment to offer a reliable and value-for-money air travel to its customer base in Pakistan.”
Customers can book their flights by visiting Fly Jinnah’s website, by calling the call center (021-3565096) or through travel agencies.