Airblue is one of Pakistan’s most popular airlines, offering regular flights to around 11 destinations. The airline is known for its frequent daily flights, with 30 services each day linking the cities of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Although UK operations ended at the beginning of 2014, Airblue have big plans for expansion with plans to take on more routes across Europe, China and the Middle East. The airline has ambitions to become one of Europe’s major players, so watch this space. Their frequent flyer program is Blue Miles.
How to Check In
Airblue was the first airline in Pakistan to introduce self check-in kiosks and wireless check-in (mobile and online). You can also check-in the old fashioned way at the airport desk. Flights open two and a half hours before departure on domestic flights, and four hours before departure on international. The counters close half an hour before departure but Airblue recommend checking in two hours before your flight.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Airblue offers three fare types: Discount, Standard, and Premium. The Discount fare is hand baggage only. With Standard you can check one bag into the hold, and with Premium you can check in two bags. The weight limit for each bag is 30kg, and the maximum size is 54 inches. Extra bags can be brought on board for a fee, which differs depending on route. On domestic flights within Pakistan or to Saudi Arabia the fee is PKR 4000* (about £24.05), on flights to/from Oman/UAE it’s PKR 6000* (about £36.10), and on flights to/from the UK the fee is £50*.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Legroom is quite tight, with a seat pitch of around 31” in economy and 34” in business class.
There are no booking fees with Airblue.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Complimentary meals and snacks are served on most routes, although Airblue are considering ending this service in order to cut costs. The food is typical Pakistani fare.
Airblue has a reputation for being a punctual airline, and has twice won the UAE Civil Aviation Authority’s “On Time Performance Award” for the Middle East region. *Prices subject to change