Pakistan International Airlines plans direct flights to Sydney

Pakistan’s national carrier aims to launch with a weekly flight connecting Sydney with its Lahore hub.

By Matt Lennon, March 15 2022
Pakistan International Airlines plans direct flights to Sydney
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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) intends to soar into Sydney in April as the flag carrier begins a long-awaited direct service connecting the NSW capital with Lahore.

Although the initial schedule shows just one flight per week, this will slash the current travel time in half, from around 25 hours including stopovers to just under 13 hours.

While a firm start date doesn’t appear to be set, flight PK9808 is slated to take off from Lahore at 7:15pm on Fridays, touching down in Sydney at 12:45pm the following day.

The aircraft will then remain parked at Sydney Airport until Sunday evening, when PK9809 pushes back at 7:45pm to reach Lahore at 3.45am Monday, subject to approval by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Passengers will travel on the airline’s Boeing 777-200LR, where the 35 very dated business class recliners in a 2-3-2 layout are sold as ‘Executive Economy’ class, ahead of 275 economy seats in a 3-3-3 set-up.

Lahore is one of PIA’s three hubs, alongside the capital of Islamabad and the sprawling coastal metropolis of Karachi, with connections fanning out across the nation and to nearby countries, along with London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

There are also codeshare flights with partners including Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, WestJet and FlyDubai to deliver a wider international network.

While Pakistan International Airlines doesn’t belong to Star Alliance, SkyTeam or Oneworld, its Awards+ Plus loyalty program offers the usual three tiers (Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond) with perks such as free seat selection, priority baggage and access to PIA’s business class lounges.

05 Oct 2017

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Aren't they also planning on bringing Australians in Pakistan home on the outbound leg of this flight on Apr 24?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2020

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Yes that's right. The flight was sold out before 5 pm local time on Saturday 18th April 2020.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

21 Jul 2019

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This new stunning PIA livery was never implemented because of a capricious and random one-man decision by the Chief Justice of Pakistan acting on his own initiative in 2019 (not the result of a legal suit brought on by a plaintiff!). He simply decided he didn't like the idea of "an animal" replacing the national flag on the tail. So he ordered PIA to cease deploying the new livery. I've heard of judicial activism, but what a legal environment to operate in! And that's where I'll leave the story.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2018

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Probably strategic timings also as with that long wait in Sydney it means the crew can operate both sectors and they don’t have to leave them here for a week at a time.

21 Aug 2019

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Interesting variation on the Kangaroo Route. Would be very cool to fly via Lahore and also now New Delhi on QF and presumable BA/OW to London

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