Considering the troubles of operating in the aviation industry in Pakistan, Airblue has decided to shift its business to the United States of America.
Airblue’s chief executive officer (CEO), Tariq Chaudhary, has registered an airline in the US. This airline will use an Airbus A320 plane which is being currently operated by Airblue.
Sources from the aviation industry told ProPakistani that Tariq Chaudhary registered an aviation company named Airbahn in Irvine, California. The company also booked a website with the URL: http://airbahn.com/.
The website currently does not show any details about the airline and is only showing a message “new website coming soon”. Airbahn also uses the same font as the Airblue logo.
Sources further said that Airbahn will start its operations in mid-2019 and the carrier will operate one Airbus A320 aircraft. The seating capacity of the aircraft is 174 passengers.
“Airblue will lease its one aircraft to Airbahn to start its operations. The new airline will provide services to Western US and Canada,” the source elaborated.
Airblue is operating 8 aircraft and operates across 6 domestic and 7 international destinations.
Our source said that after the shutdown of Shaheen Air International (SAI), private airlines are in trouble in Pakistan. Due to taxation and other regulatory issues, airlines are failing to make a profit.