Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the country’s national flag carrier had made news once again, some time back. The controversy was regarding the airline serving water during the flights. Considering PIA is always facing loss and its airfare is always on the rise, it was not unexpected.
The news piece was that PIA will stop serving water on their aircraft. Some publications interpreted it as to cut losses while others read it as a measure to counter the spread of COVID-19. Within a short time, the rumor went viral and several renowned publications covered it.
PIA will not serve mineral water on domestic flights https://t.co/dCp2VKDxCD
— Caboler News (@CabolerN) August 5, 2021
Soon, people started making fun of the airline. They created memes on not just the recent but even past track record of PIA.
PIA to stop serving bottled water to the passengers to cut down the operational costs.
Next up: Shutting off engines mid flight to save fuel.
— Usama Maqsood (@Usamamaqsood_) August 5, 2021
PIA refutes rumor
The airline was quick to refute the claims. They said that they deny such baseless reports that misguide customers. PIA even labeled the publications as irresponsible and unprofessional because they had misinterpreted what they might have heard.
PIA refutes a web news item intended to damage our repute that we will not provide water onboard. It is a misinterpretation by some prominent media outlets and is both irresponsible & unprofessional.
PIA unequivocally denies such baseless reports intended to mislead our guests pic.twitter.com/YLd97uPfN5
— PIA (@Official_PIA) August 6, 2021
Right, when the iron is hot since the whole country is discussing the PIA and water crisis, PIA released a post announcing its partnership with Aquafina.
In the copy on the image, the brand says that Aquafina will act as the official hydration partner on all of the PIA flights. This phrase does not leave room for any misinterpretations anymore considering earlier the rumor was about domestic flights.
However, people, eternally upset with the performance of PIA, could not help but make fun of it or give their two cents about the matter. Some said that it is high time Pakistan launched its bottled water brand. While others failed to notice the ‘all flights’ phrase and commented that the airline was not serving water on domestic flights regardless.
Some trolled PIA saying that they must be getting water for free from Aquafina otherwise they wouldn’t incur further loss.
Netizens took this opportunity to praise PIA for partnering with Aquafina as they did not really like Nestle.
What would you say though? Would you prefer Nestle or Aquafina? Now that the airline has partnered with Aquafina, would you travel with the airline, or will this new development not affect your decision at all? Do let us know in the comments below.
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