Pakistan’s Safepay was announced as one of the winners in the Visa Everywhere Initiative – a global innovation program and competition for startups and fintech companies – held for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) on June 9. With the most votes from the audience, Safepay from Pakistan won the Audience Favorite award for CEMEA and received $10,000 in prize money. Karachi-based fintech Safepay was founded in 2019 by Ziyad Parekh and Raza Naqvi with a vision to accelerate the adoption of digital payments in Pakistan... Read More.
Emirates’ Economy Class customers can now enjoy even more personal space and privacy onboard with the ability to purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight. These seats will be offered to all Economy Class customers holding a confirmed booking. Customers will not be able to pre-book empty seats, as these are subject to availability. Empty seats will only be offered for purchase at the airport check-in counter prior to flight departure, and costs range from AED 200 to AED 600 (US$ 55 to US$ 165) per empty... Read More.
The soft-spoken Dr. Sarah Qureshi is a qualified engineer with a keen interest in aviation engines, and a Ph.D in Aerospace Propulsion. Sarah’s father, Masood Qureshi, is an inventor and scientist with decades of experience while her mother, Dr. Rumina Qureshi, is a Chemistry Professor. Sarah recalls that the family “had very scientific discussions at the dinner table…my parents shared their interests with us,” says Sarah, “And now my six-year-old daughter accompanies me when I’m travelling or delivering lectures, there’s a lot of invisible learning going on.” Sarah decided... Read More.
Virgin Atlantic is delighted to announce that flights from Pakistan to London Heathrow and Manchester are on sale now starting on 11th December 2020. Flying three new routes from Lahore to London Heathrow, Islamabad to London Heathrow, as well as from Islamabad to Manchester, subject to applicable regulatory approvals; these new services will operate on one of Virgin Atlantic’s newest, most fuel-efficient aircraft, the 787-9 boasting31 Upper Class suites,35 Premium and 192 Economy seats. These new services will open up over 290,000 seats between Pakistan and the UK annually whilst also... Read More.
Pakistan Travel Agent Association has announced a boycott of UAE-based Etihad Airways due to the ongoing tensions over Kashmir. The association’s chairman Khawaja Ayub Naseem said that the airline’s boycott is to protest against UAE giving ‘Killer Modi’ its highest civilian award. He said that a formal announcement would be made in a press conference today, where he will explain the association’s plan for the future. We will also brief the Dubai-bound visitors of UAE’s anti-Kashmir move and will try to change their mind. It should... Read More.
Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] has appointed Air Transport Activities (Pvt) Ltd., part of the Avari Group, as its General Sales Agent (GSA) to strengthen the airline’s sales and marketing presence in Pakistan. As part of the new agreement, Air Transport Activities will open dedicated Delta-branded sales offices in three cities – Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi – making it easier for customers to book travel on Delta and its partners between Pakistan and the United States. Air Transport Activities will exclusively represent Delta in Pakistan through proactive sales activities including... Read More.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has closed its booking office in Larkana. It has also permanently transferred all staff members posted there, and they have been directed to report to the general manager (HR) in Karachi. It must be mentioned here that Mohenjo Daro airport was built by former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to facilitate international and national tourists visiting the world heritage archaeological sites in Mohenjo Daro, but after 40 years the PIA has suddenly closed down its office, which will badly affect efforts of Prime Minister... Read More.
A meeting of the Pakistan Aerospace Council was held today at the Islamabad Club . The meeting was attended by the general body members of the Pakistan high-tech Manufacturing community engaged in exports of high valued goods to EU and US markets. During the deliberations of the Council, it was agreed aerospace market is growing year on year and high Tech Manufacturing offers great export potential for foreign exchange earnings for Pakistan. The council unanimously stressed that the government of Pakistan must create a policy for advancement of... Read More.
The world’s largest airplane a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert.It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would in turn ignite to deploy satellites. It is supposed to provide a more flexible way to deploy satellites than vertical takeoff rockets because this way all you need is a long runway for take off. It was built by... Read More.
The Edhi Foundation has added a light, six-seater aircraft Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair to its air ambulance fleet. The foundation’s managing trustee, Faisal Edhi , handed over the six-seat Cessna 206 to Edhi air ambulance wing at the old Karachi airport. Faisal is also the head of Edhi Air Ambulance Service. The foundation decided to expand its fleet to provide the people of far-flung areas easy and fast access to health care services in case of an emergency. The aircraft will strengthen the charity’s air ambulance service, as it... Read More.
The Civil Aviation Authority in a fresh NOTAM on Saturday extended the suspension of flight operations at Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur airports for further 24 hours. These airports will remain partially restored till March 15, the CAA announcement said. The CAA in a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) on March 1st, announced the opening of Pakistan’s airspace in a phased process. Pakistan’s airspace was closed and flight operations were suspended at the end of February, due to the escalation of tensions with neighboring India. Two warplanes of... Read More.
The duration of US visa for Pakistani nationals has been reduced from five years to 12 months.Journalists and media persons will not be allowed to stay for over three months without renewing their travel permit, An additional fee of $32 will be charged for I visas (Journalists and Media visa), and $38 for all other visa categories must be paid at the Embassy Islamabad or Consulate General Karachi from January 21, it further states. The decision was taken by the State Department “because Pakistan was unable to... Read More.
British Airways has announced commencing flight operations in Pakistan from June British Airways has announced commencing flight operations in Pakistan from June as three flights will fly from Islamabad to London each week. A delegation of the British embassy along with officials of the British Airways met Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Bukhari and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest. The airline officials thanked Bukhari for cooperation and also praised the facilities available at the Islamabad airport. The British delegation... Read More.
Etihad Airways has appointed turnaround specialist Alvarez & Marsal to conduct due diligence on Jet Airways Ltd as it weighs bailing out the cash-strapped Indian carrier, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Executives from Alvarez & Marsal are camped in Jet Airways’ offices in Mumbai and are taking stock of the airline’s operations and looking into its financial health and records, one of the sources said. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier plans to raise its stake in Jet Airways from the current 24 per cent, but it wants the... Read More.
Orient gives its consumers complete freedom by allowing them to make their own bundle that’s perfect for them. By understanding different requirements for different consumers, Orient, rather than offering “a one size fits all” bundle, has decided to give people the freedom of creating their own bundle that will best suit their needs. The advantage behind Orient’s “Make your own Bundle” offer is that prices are unmatched when you bundle up products. So, rather than buying each one of them individually, you can create a bundle out of it as... Read More.