Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated PIA’s Premier Service at Benazir International Airport on Independence Day. The first flight of the Premier Service departed for London.
The first of the three aircraft landed at Karachi airport on August 6, and the remaining two are expected to arrive by February 2017.
In a briefing, the Prime Minister was told that planes for the Premier Service were acquired from Sri Lanka on wet lease. The crew and staff of the Service also got training from Sri Lankan experts. Heads of PIA and Sri Lankan Airlines were also present on the occasion.
The PIA CEO Bern Hildenbrand said the project with new aircraft would be a “future gateway” for the PIA’s financial success. He mentioned the cooperation of Sri Lankan Airlines and the collective teamwork of PIA’s management which helped in the launch of the quality air service in short time, under the directive of the premier.
The Prime Minister took a round of the aircraft, met passengers and appreciated the quality of services on offer.
The cabin crew onboard was attired in new designer burgundy-maroon coloured uniforms with green scarves for women and men were in navy blue suits with green ties.
Numerous additional facilities have been provided in planes of the Premier Service. LCD with 250 channels on offer along with flatbed service for business-class passengers was installed at every seat and Wi-Fi facilities also made available for the passengers.
A complimentary limousine service for PIA Premier business-class passengers will be given upon their arrival at Heathrow Airport. The service will be available within a radius of 25 km from Heathrow Airport.
Chairman Sri Lankan Air Lines Ajith Dias, ‘Sri Lankan Airlines was delighted to be part of this project and would be providing a three-month long training course to PIA Premier Pilots and cabin crew.’
The premier services would also be launched on other routes, including China, with the availability other three A330s aircraft.
Here are some photos of PIA Premier