Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated on Sunday (country’s 70th Independence Day) Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s Premier service at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad.
Heads of PIA and Sri Lankan Airlines were also present on the occasion.
The first flight of the airline’s premier service, which introduces better in-flight entertainment, among other features, departed for London, according to Radio Pakistan.
The national flag carrier has also announced to arrange complimentary limousine service for its Premier Business Class (PBC) customers upon their arrival at London’s Heathrow airport.
The airline had, last month, signed an agreement with the Sri Lankan Airlines to acquire its three A330s, which are in surplus, on wet lease. The first of the three aircraft landed at Karachi airport on August 6, and the remaining two are expected to arrive by February 2017.
The premier services would also be launched on other routes, including China, with the availability other three A330s aircraft, which are said to be new or hardly used.
Due to its deteriorating condition and poor service, news of PIA’s privatisation was making rounds in the national media, however, it seems arrangements are being made to bring the national airline back on track.