Bhoja Air to fly once again from Tuesday

Company to start with four local flights from Karachi.

Our Correspondent March 03, 2012


After a gap of 12 years, Bhoja Air will get back up in the air from Tuesday as it re-launches local operations with an introductory price of Rs2,000 without taxes to all destinations, Bhoja Air Chairman Muhammad Farouk Bhoja said on Saturday.

The airline plans to start four flights connecting Karachi to Sukkur, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad.

The company has a fleet of five 737-200s and 737-400s aircrafts while two more will be added by April when flights to Dubai from both Karachi and Lahore start, the chairman said.

“We have plans to run flights from Karachi and Lahore to the US, UK, Kuwait and Qatar as well,” he added.

Bhoja’s first stint started on November 1993 and came to an end on October 2000 when it was grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority for failing to clear its dues.

The airline took one of the aircrafts out for a test flight on Saturday from Karachi to Lahore with officials of the civil aviation authority and media onboard. Air traffic was growing at a meagre 12% annually in Pakistan due to insufficient and improper transport rail and road transport, the chairman added. with additional input by APP

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2012.


fareed ahmed | 9 years ago | Reply

When i had posted my comment on 5March this is what i had feared.Such airlines just want to make quick buck and would compromise on safety Standards by cutting costs .I am sure bhoja air must have used all back door channels to restart the operations.If we go into the history of this particular B737-200 we will discover the cause of the crash.

M. Adil | 9 years ago | Reply Most of the comments by readers in March dreaded exactly what's happened yesterday. If so many people saw this coming, what about the CAA, Bhoja management, engineers, pilots and other aviation safety departments? What were they thinking? And why is it that whenever something goes wrong with the plane or the weather in Pakistan, the end result is usually the same - the plane goes belly up. Do the pilots know what to do in an emergency, or do they think and behave like our typical bus and wagon drivers? And what are the co-pilot and the second in command doing when the pilot loses the plot? Are they busy with their iphone and ipads or too busy chatting up the air hostesses? Who is there to back up when things go pear shaped - apparently nobody! While they try and rescue / recover our soldiers from the Siachen Glacier, we manage to annihilate a similar number of precious lives not far away near the Marghala hills.
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