Airblue is a private airline that is based in Islamabad, Pakistan. From its early days, the carrier focused on domestic and international sectors, and soon proved to be a worthy competitor to Pakistan International Airlines that is the country’s flag carrier airline.
The carrier started operations in 2004 and in August 2005, its first Middle East bound flight took off from Karachi to Dubai. It quickly expanded its international scope of operations to include even more destinations in the Middle East.
The airline has been recognized for its advances, and it was recently awarded the Best Pakistani Airline Award 2012, at the Consumer Choice Awards by the Consumer’s Association of Pakistan.
Other than the domestic destinations of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, the carrier operates flights to many international destinations. These include Manchester, UK and Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Jeddah, Oman and Muscat in the Middle East. This gives passengers in Saudi Arabia an easy way to connect and make an airblue online booking to any of these destinations.
Its fleet contains Airbus A319-200, A320-200 and A340-300 aircraft, some of which are on lease. The airline plans to add some turboprop aircraft to its fleet to help cater to more domestic routes.
It is advisable to check your reservation a few hours before your flight using your airblue PNR status. Along with being a pioneer in offering online booking services in Pakistan, the carrier also offers passengers the convenience of using the airblue online check in service. Those who prefer to check in at the airport may also use the conveniently located self check-in kiosks at Jinnah International Airport and Allama Iqbal International Airport. Check-in counters at the airport open 2.5 hours earlier for domestic flights, and 4 hours earlier for international flights, and would close half an hour before departure of the flight.
On board the aircraft, passengers are sure to enjoy the food and beverages catered by Gate Gourmet. The seating is in a comfortable 3-by-3 layout in Economy, and video screens that provide in-flight entertainment are sure to keep you occupied for the duration of the flight. Do check more details with the customer service of the airline here.
The airblue baggage allowance permits passengers to carry on board a maximum of 7 kg of baggage. Passengers may check in 2 bags of up to 32 kg each in Economy Premium, 1 such bag in Economy Standard, and those in Economy Discount have no free allowance. For more details of the baggage policies, check here.
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