Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has added Salalah, Oman, and Beijing, China, to its list of destinations.
The national carrier flew from Karachi to Beijing on Saturday, hoping to cash in on increasing demand from the growing economic ties between the two countries in the wake of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
This will be the fourth flight of PIA from Karachi to China.
PIA has added Salalah, Oman, to its destinations with the inaugural flight PK-235 taking off from Lahore at 12:30pm on December 1.
Flights on Lahore-Salalah-Lahore sector would be operated twice a week every Thursday and Sunday.
PIA is already operating to Muscat and with this additional twice weekly flights to Salalah PIA management is striving to facilitate its potential passengers and to further boost the link between the two countries and within the region.
Expressing his views on the occasion, PIA’s CEO Bernd Hildenbrand said the airline is expanding its fleet and flight operation on profitable routes is being increased especially to places where expatriate Pakistani community lives.
Senior PIA officials saw off the passengers traveling on this inaugural flight.
PIA launches trial version of new website
PIA has finalized up-gradation of its website for giving a better online experience to users and to provide them ease of online reservations including multiple sectors.
Initially, for few weeks, the new website will be uploaded on trial basis. A link to the new website has been added on the existing homepage, and after getting customer feedback, and fixing any teething problems, the new website will be formally launched.
PIA has planned to offer preferred rates on bookings done through the website, which will allow passengers to make reservations up to 360 days in advance.
In the first quarter of 2017, PIA also plans to start online check-in facility and allowing buying extra baggage through website.
PIA has already made a smart phone application whose test version is currently available on both iOS and Android platforms and will be formally launched alongside the website after accommodating feedback and suggestions from users.
Hildenbrand regarded this as a milestone in PIA’s effort towards improving its online sales and said that this new website is also a major step towards improving the brand image of PIA.