Review of Airblue flight Lahore Karachi in Economy

Airline Airblue
Flight PA 401
Class Economy
Seat 4F
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 16 Sep 16, 09:30
Arrival at 16 Sep 16, 11:00
PA 2 reviews
Saqib
By 1260
Published on 4th October 2016
Hi there,

A little about the airline AIRBLUE:
Airblue is a private Pakistani airline. Airblue operates scheduled flights linking six domestic destinations Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot and Multan with international destinations of UAE airports Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, as well as Muscat, Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

As of August 2016 the Airblue fleet consists of the following aircraft:
Airblue Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Economy Notes
Airbus A320-200 3 180
Airbus A321-200 6 220 1 leased from Windrose Airlines [12]
Airbus A330-200 1 321 Leased from Windrose Airlines
source : wikipedia


The aircraft i was flying on the day was my First ever ride of an A321, it was airblue AP-BMP.

Registration: AP-BMP
Operator/Owner: AirBlue
Aircraft Type: Airbus A321-211
Construction Number: 6119
Year Built: 2014
First Flight: May 8, 2014
Previous Registration: VQ-BTW
Previous Operator: UTair Aviation

Additional Remarks: Registered in Germany as D-AVXE for Airbus Deutschland for pre-delivery test flights. First flight on May 8, 2014. Registered in Bermuda as VQ-BTW and delivered to UTair Aviation, May 22, 2014. Stored at Teruel Airport, Teruel, Spain, January 15, 2015. Aircraft registered in Pakistan as AP-BMP for AirBlue. AP-BMP flown from Teruel Airport, Spain, to London Luton Airport, United Kingdom (UK), as airblue ferry flight PA-9004, March 21, 2016. Departed from London Luton Airport as airblue ferry flight PA-9004 to Bournemouth Airport, April 4, 2016, to get painted in airblue livery. AP-BMP departed from Bournemouth Airport as airblue delivery flight PA-9004 to Jinnah International Air Port (JIAP) - Karachi, April 10, 2016. Arrived at Karachi as delivery flight PA-9004 from Bournemouth, April 11, 2016.
source: http://www.aparm.net


TRIP REPORT:


This is my 2nd Trip Report, on September 16 i was flying back home to Karachi from Allama Iqbal International Lahore , by PA-401 Airblue A321 AP-BMP, the thing was that the flight was scheduled for 10:45 but i received a text message along with a call apologizing and informing that due to technical reasons the flight shall depart 1 hour early at 9:30 , so going to the airport earlier then previous planned and reached the airport around 0700 i was maybe the 1st ones to check in the lounge was rather empty, after taking pictures and as i couldest resist took a picture although pretty dark with the new PIA Premier Airbus A330.


taking a picture here at Allama Iqbal International Airport along with the new PIA Premier Service Airbus A330
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After announcement started to board up the flight and i was delighted to see the Airbus A321 and took a picture there.

about to board my first ever A321 AP-BMP Airblue
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after getting on my seat 4F the seats didn't had IFE screens and the jet had English and Russian markings all over it took out my camera started taking shots and videos , videos available on my you tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/saqibmrashid) and will later post here too.


all the signs were in English and Russian in the aircraft aslo some places in Urdu the national language of Pakistan.




about 10 to 12 minutes later we started push back, and later taxing to the runway , we were on hold for about 2 minutes on the runway until got clearance for takeoff.

in the shot Srilankan Airbus A330 and PIA Premier Service A330



push back for taxi
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and here we go TAKEOFF
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City of Lahore from Above
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City of Lahore from Above
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Then when the seatbelt lights came off I got off my seat and took the tour around the cabin, the plane was almost 60 percent empty, went into the aft galley took pictures the crew was placing the food in the oven's. during this flight i made a video near the aft section and generally told about the flight the aircraft and got into seat and showed out of the window .


taken at the aft area here with the lavatory and galley in the back

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the galley and the ovens
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heating the breakfast in the ovens

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the galley inspector :P :D

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during the flight

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Emergency Exit Port side
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First ever Bathroom Selfie ever! and Lucky me on an A321 :D
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then i went back to my seat because serving was about to start,

the choice for breakfast was
1. Paratha and Aloo bhujia with Chana, bread and Yogurt.
(paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian Subcontinent, Aloo Bhujia and Chana is chickpeas with potato its a mix vegetable)

2. Omelette with Potato Cutlets along with Chicken Breast with bun And Butter.
But when it was my time the choice had ended and i had to take option one Paratha and Aloo bhujia with Chana, bread and Yogurt.

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i took tea and also the apple juice.

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Recording videos was rather fun on reaching Karachi airspace i could see the super highway . shot Bahria Town and DHA area,



Landing was bit hard and even before that the flight turned a bit turbulent but all was well. Landed on time at Karachi,After taxing to the gate, we disembarked. i waited till then took few more selfies thanked the cabin crew and bid them Good bye.


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totally enjoyed the flight thankyou airblue it was a well worth flight

Thank you for reading my trip report, i hope i was able to convey a Good trip report here! Please do check the videos on my channel ! (https://www.youtube.com/user/saqibmrashid)

Regards,

Saqib Rashid
https://www.facebook.com/saqibmrashid/

A Big Thanks to Airblue, for their kindness and polite crew members for permitting me to take the pictures and the videos:) for full videos visit my youtube channel! (https://www.youtube.com/user/saqibmrashid)





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Verdict

Airblue

8.8/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering10.0

Lahore - LHE

7.4/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Karachi - KHI

7.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

The best short Haul flight i had, crew cabin meal all in excellent condition! :)

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