PIA’s Dancing Air Hostesses Celebration for Spring Festival Gets Flak on Social Media

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Lets Enjoy!’ and it seems someone at PIA thought it meant ‘Lets Party!’

Over at Flight PK-204, the PIA crew went all out with their celebrations, surprising the passengers with a display of spring festivities. The event took place in an A320 aircraft which took off from Lahore airport.

You can’t say spring without there being any flowers onboard. Guess the PIA crew thought the same:

It’s a given that an airline is known for the quality (and the optics) on display by its crew. This picture captures the best of PIA:


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A PIA spokesperson told ProPakistani that celebration of spring is part of the airline’s new marketing strategy. The celebration’s purpose is to make the passengers’ flying experience pleasant and eventful. To this end, PIA chose to play some special and upbeat Pakistani songs to celebrate the arrival of the new season.

With that standard PR-speak out of the way, we’ll let these pictures talk for themselves:

Seems like the spring initiative was a big hit with some of the passengers, as some videos that went viral over social media aptly demonstrate:

 

Unsurprisingly, some people were not too thrilled with the whole thing pointing towards PIA’s lost priorities. Most of the commenters on social media wanted PIA to focus on its service quality rather than asking air hostesses to dance during the flights and wasting taxpayers’ money on events which should only be side projects once the airline has improved customer services.

Here are some of the prominent ones:

https://twitter.com/RanaUmar619/status/971576993161646080

There’s these kind of reactions. And then there’s one that happens to raise some legitimate questions regarding PIA’s newest PR move:

Concluding Thoughts

Lately PIA has been on a charm offensive, hoping to reclaim its status as ‘Good People to Fly With’. Its social media account is doing stellar work, highlighting the various reasons why it deserves to be called Pakistan’s national carrier. Their new CEO Mr. Rasool is also leading by example, by ensuring that VIP perks aren’t abused.


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Call it a stroke of good PR, or just deft reputation handling by the struggling airline, but it seems that people just can’t talk about things that PIA is doing day in and day out.

It’s true that the national carrier is still battling countless corruption allegations, complaints of poor service, and incidents that capture the public imagination for all the negative reasons. But sometimes, PIA just happens to get it just right. One hopes that initiatives to make the airline more people-friendly and profitable becomes the norm one day, rather than the exception.

Things may not change overnight, but at the very least, a continued focus on improving services can get PIA there eventually. Here’s to hoping that our optimism in this regard is not too misplaced and the management spends our money on services that actually matter.

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at Lens by ProPakistani. You can reach out to him at samir.ya...


  • WTF is wrong with these criticizing social media users? There is nothing wrong with these celebrations and why they are calling it haraam?

    Don’t these guys and girls watch SRK’s and Kajol’s mountain dances?

    Backwardness at its peak.

  • PiA need to understand, these low level stunts won’t bring back the glory days if PIA, they need to get rid of “Pirate employees along with Parchi system”, they need to hire the staff on merit based.

  • #4thMOSTintelligentNation ke “not in our culture” woes & foes…. colossus waste of oxygen hai meri qom.. (Social media fundoos especially)

  • They think the adaption of western life style is only way to have PIA improved. …… CEO must resign if he is only left with this Kanjar Khana……… Let some better come forward.

  • اگر ناچ گانے سے ترقی ہوتی تو کھسرے آج دنیا کے ترقی یافتہ اور مالدار لوگ ہوتے ہے

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