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PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:15 am

According to news sources:

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PIA is going to end operating flights for Tokyo.

Sales of Tokyo flights tickets will end on February 16, 2019. Affected passengers will be accommodated in flights to be operated in January 2019.

Tokyo flights are being suspended temporarily due to shortage of aircraft and route losses, according to PIA spokesperson. The aircraft freed from Tokyo flights will be deployed on profitable routes.

PIA operates flights between Tokyo and Islamabad via Beijing with Boeing 777.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:41 am

PIA began operating flights for Tokyo on November 1, 1969, with Boeing 707 that performed twice a week 'Pearl Route' flight from Dacca to Tokyo via Bangkok and Manila.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by amjid84 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:31 am

Abbas Ali wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:15 am
According to news sources:

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PIA is going to end operating flights for Tokyo.

Sales of Tokyo flights tickets will end on February 16, 2019. Affected passengers will be accommodated in flights to be operated in January 2019.

Tokyo flights are being suspended temporarily due to shortage of aircraft and route losses, according to PIA spokesperson. The aircraft freed from Tokyo flights will be deployed on profitable routes.

PIA operates flights between Tokyo and Islamabad via Beijing with Boeing 777.

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This makes commercial sense, im not sure why PK was operating to NRT - there wouldnt be many ex-pats and I doubt there is enough trade between the two countires. My guess is it was an old route that they didnt want to give up, despite the economics not stacking up.

They should be going daily into PEK or at least 3 times a week from LHE and perhaps code-share with CA to complement their ISB-KHI-PEK route.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:41 pm

PIA also had to spend money for crew's long duration hotel stay for Tokyo flights that were suffering losses due to poor passenger load.

https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPup ... e=20181221

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:06 pm

According to a news report:

The suspension of PIA Tokyo flights will affect more than fifty thousand Pakistanis living in Japan. Members of Pakistani community holding placards staged demonstration near Tokyo Narita Airport against the closure of PIA flights.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:06 pm

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Pakistanis in Tokyo protesting suspension of PIA flight PK-852 from Pakistan to Tokyo & Tokyo to Pakistan flight PK-853 in January 2019.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:30 pm

Pakistan International continues Tokyo bookings from late-Jan 2019

Previously, Airlineroute reported reservation on/after 31JAN19 is closed, this is no longer correct. The airline operates 2 weekly Islamabad – Beijing – Tokyo Narita routing, with 777-200ER.

PK852 ISB2325 – 0725+1PEK0850+1 – 1305+1NRT 772 47
PK853 NRT1435 – 1705PEK1835 – 2205ISB 772 15

Source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -jan-2019/
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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by uzkt01 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:57 pm

If 777s cannot be filled. Isn't it possible to use A320s on this route.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Tuti Fruiti » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:17 pm

A320 would be ideal but PIA has too few of them unless it gives up other domestic or international route for Tokyo

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by faisal-777 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:53 pm

This is why PIA needs couple of A321s, to operate on such routes where 777 is too big, but there's a consistent demand.
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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:57 pm

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari has taken notice of PIA Tokyo flights suspension reports.

Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Japan chapter is planning to hold demonstration outside Pakistan embassy in Tokyo on January 11 to convey concerns of Pakistani community to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

https://jang.com.pk/news/595279

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abdulrafeysiddiqui » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:53 pm

Abbas Ali wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Japan chapter is planning to hold demonstration ... to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:10 am

PIA to suspend Tokyo flights from February 16.



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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:00 pm

Just yesterday, there was discussion on a news channel about visa on arrival facility for Japanese for the promotion of religious tourism i.e. Buddhist places in Pakistan visited by Japanese.

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Re: PIA to Suspend Tokyo Flights

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:44 pm

PIA suspending Tokyo flights from March 2019, according to Abb Takk news channel.

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