Tribune Take: Will the Business Express attract business travellers?

Published: February 3, 2012
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In today’s episode of the Tribune Take, we look at the inauguration of the first non-stop train between Karachi and Lahore called the Business Express. 

Khurram Baig, Business Editor The Express Tribune, says with a travel time of 18 hours on the train, it is highly unlikely many business travellers will opt for this ride instead of a short plane ride which does not cost much more.

Baig discusses the business plan for this one of a kind public-private partnership venture that has modelled its business hoping for an 88% occupancy, which Baig says is too optimistic. But he further clarifies that this new venture is a step in the right direction for the privatization of the railways.

Baig points out that although this train service is meant for business travellers, it may be very attractive for families on vacation as well.

Read Khurram Baig’s articles here.

Watch a slideshow of pictures of the train here.

The Tribune Take daily news web show will appear on the tribune.com.pk home page.

The Take will feature in-depth interviews and analysis with editors and reporters who are covering the major stories, exploring front page events and major ledes. The news analysis covers the way The Express Tribune examines a story, how we cover it and why.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 3, 2012 - 8:23PM

    It will pick up the business slowly and gradually.

    The most important factor is the difference of service and quality of food served in the dining car..

    I suggest that the management should hire the services of such contractor who should be able to provide at a time quality Pakistani food i.e. Biryani, Mutton/Chicken Karahi, Koftay, Nehari, Haleem etc.of Delhi, Bihari Kabab of Bihar and Aachar Ghost of Hyderabad Deccan, Lassi of Lahore and Sarsaun of Kasur.

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  • Balma
    Feb 3, 2012 - 8:30PM

    They should change the name of this train so it can be branded and marketd properly to business people, as well as to vacationers, tourists, and others.
    this train is a great idea. Needs better name.

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  • derpton
    Feb 3, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Its a good start, however, If its revenue they are after, then they should focus more on freight trains. The trend all over the world is that almost 60-70% of train revenues get generated by freight trains. Besides that will facilitate & boost the trade.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 4, 2012 - 1:53AM

    @M.Ali Siddiqui
    How about Jalli Hui Daal from landhi jail and Naan three days old and Kasuri Methi with Hay
    mix and chapli but not kabab…. if nothing then atleast tell Sailani wellfare to provide some
    left over rice from parties…and shadi haals.

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  • non-conformist
    Feb 5, 2012 - 5:04AM

    @derpton: the road transport mafia wont let freight trains run easily; and dont forget the interests of NLC. Who cares for the country?

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