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Airblue Limited (also known as airblue) is a low-cost carrier based in Pakistan. It's hub is located in Islamabad, Pakistan. Airblue operates scheduled flights linking Pakistani regional destinations with international destinations in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The airline was established in 2003 and started operations on 18 June 2004 with three leased aircrafts serving Karachi–Lahore and Karachi–Islamabad with three daily return flights. The airline was inaugurated by the Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zafarullah Khan Jamali.


The airline started off strong, which allowed the airblue to compete directly with the flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines and the two other private carriers, flying more than 400,000 passengers in the first year with a load factor of over 90% (the load factor is the average amount of passenger seats filled per flight). This allowed the airline to expand into more domestic locations in Pakistan. On 14 August 2005, Airblue launched its first international flight from Karachi to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On June 4, 2007, Airblue launched its inaugural flight UK flight to Manchester. In 2011 the airline launched service to Istanbul using Sabiha Gokcen Airport, with full traffic rights between Pakistan and Manchester.


In June 2012, Airblue finalised an agreement to acquire more planes to add to its existing and new international routes. It was also looking at various types of turboprop aircraft for new domestic routes but this plan was eventually dropped. The A340s joined the fleet in October 2012, enabling the airline to strengthen its Manchester route with nonstop flights as well as launch a second Lahore-UK destination, Birmingham, in September 2013. UK operations also ended with Birmingham being dropped after just three months' service and Manchester ending in January 2014.



Airblue Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Airblue permit one carry-on bag per person. This must be 7kg or less in weight, and must fit within the dimensions of 22 x 15 x 8 inches.

Checked Baggage

Airblue baggage allowance depends on the class of ticket purchased. Each bag must fit the combined dimensions of 54 inches (Length x Height x Width) and must be under 30kg.

For Economy Premium, passengers are allowed 2 checked bags.

For Economy Standard, passengers are allowed 1 checked bag.

For Economy Discount, passengers are allowed 2 checked bags.


Airblue Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Airblue do not currently offer online check-in for their flights.


Airport Check-In

Airblue require passengers flying domestically to check-in two and a half hours, or 180 minutes before scheduled departure time. Check-in desks for domestic flights will close 30mins before departure time.

For passengers flying internationally, check-in opens 4 hours before departure times. This will close 1 hour before departure for international flights.


Economy Class

Economy Class is the only cabin class available on Airblue flights. It offers a straightforward service, with a few facilities and a welcoming cabin crew.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers have the option of an in-flight meal, which is a light refreshment (such as a sandwich) and drink on flights under two hours and a more substantial hot meal on longer flights. 

There's no in-flight entertainment on the aircraft, but passengers can use their own electronic devices during the flight. 

Economy Class Seats

Economy Class is usually set out in a 3 x 3 formation. Seats are designed to give maximum comfort throughout the journey. 


Airblue Destinations

      Pakistan   Karachi  
      Oman   Muscat  
      United Arab Emirates   Abu Dhabi  
      Saudi Arabia   Medina  



Airblue Route Map


Airbule route map


Airblue Frequent Flyer Program

Airblue's frequent flyer program is called "Blue Miles". Passengers are able to start on the base level where sign up is free. Once passengers earn enough miles, there are upgrades to the Blue Card followed by the Platinum Card.


Alternative Airlines to Airblue

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Airblue Hub Airport 

Jinnah International Airport

Jinnah International Airport is the airport hub for airblue, as well as Pakistan International Airlines, Serene Air, Shaheen Air and Vision Air International. It is Pakistan’s busiest airport in terms of passengers handled, with 2017 seeing almost 7 million passengers.

The airport is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, one of Pakistan’s busiest cities due to it being the largest city in Pakistan. There are currently 3 terminals, which are served by the airports 2 runways.


Outside Jinnah International Airport



Airblue Fleet

Airblue fleet currently consists of the following aircraft:


Airbus A320



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Airblue News

28th February 2018

Turkish Technic win maintenance contract for Airblue.

Airblue have handed over their 4 Airbus A321s to Turkish Technic for maintenance. This heavy maintenance contract is a big win for Turkish Technic. Turkish Technic also are on the books of Atlasglobal, servicing their single aisle fleet.



7th February 2018

Airblue lease 3 A320s.

Airblue the Pakistan low-cost carrier has leased three new planes, which may be linked to expansion plans in the upcoming months.




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