|Commenced operations||18 June 2004|
|Hubs||Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)|
|Frequent-flyer program||Blue Miles|
|Headquarters|| Islamabad Stock Exchange Towers |
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|Oman||Muscat||Muscat International Airport||Terminated|
|Pakistan||Faislabad||Faisalabad International Airport||Terminated|
|Pakistan||Gwadar||Gwadar International Airport||Terminated|
|Pakistan||Islamabad||Islamabad International Airport||Focus city|
|Pakistan||Karachi||Jinnah International Airport||Hub|
|Pakistan||Lahore||Allama Iqbal International Airport||Focus city|
|Pakistan||Multan||Multan International Airport|
|Pakistan||Peshawar||Bacha Khan International Airport|
|Pakistan||Quetta||Quetta International Airport||Terminated|
|Pakistan||Rahim Yar Khan||Shaikh Zayed International Airport||Terminated|
|Pakistan||Sialkot||Sialkot International Airport||Terminated|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||King Fahd International Airport||Terminated|
|Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||King Abdulaziz International Airport||Focus city|
|Saudi Arabia||Medina||Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport||Terminated|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport|
|Turkey||Istanbul||Sabiha Gokcen International Airport||Terminated|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport||Focus city|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport||Focus city|
|United Arab Emirates||Sharjah||Sharjah International Airport|
|United Kingdom||Birmingham||Birmingham Airport||Terminated|
|United Kingdom||Manchester||Manchester Airport||Terminated|
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All aircraft in the fleet have a 3-by-3 layout in an all economy cabin; and have overhead video screens. Airblue formerly had a business class section, but dropped it due to exogenous economic factors.
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The Airblue frequent flyer program is called "Blue Miles". Passengers are able to initially 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. In May 2009, the airline formed an alliance with Faysal Bank to offer credit cards.
Airblue inaugurated its own premium lounge at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi in November 2008. It has since been closed.[ when? ] Named the Blue Lounge International, it was designed for business class passengers, credit card holders and privileged customers. The lounge offered Internet facilities, cable television, newspapers and magazines, massage chairs and a snack bar. It was located in the international terminal of the airport.[ citation needed ]
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