PIA offers EASA to restrict EU operations to limited pilots

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is consistently beguiling the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with some impetuous offers to get permitted for EU operations again as the airline has now offered to restrict its EU operations to limited pilots, who...

PIA’s restructuring

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is moving its head offices, in phases, to Islamabad. Besides this, the PIA management is planning to curtail different expenses incurred under the head of medical facilities given to employees, which the management calls a huge...

EU Ban

Just as the Aviation Minister expressed high hopes for the lifting of the EU ban for PIA, the body itself has announced plans to extend it by another three months, at least until further inspection by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In the end, what we see is a...

CAA DG appointment challenged in high court

LAHORE: The appointment of retired Flt Lt Khaqan Murtaza as director general of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court. A citizen namely Mian Khurram Aftab assailed the appointment of the DG in a petition filed through...

EU ban won’t be lifted before CAA audit, PIA told

KARACHI: A day after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan expressed hopes that the ban imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights in Europe would be lifted soon, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) informed the national flag...

European ban on PIA likely to be lifted soon: minister

TAXILA: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that most concerns of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regarding process of issuing licences to commercial pilots have been addressed and it is hoped the ban imposed on Pakistan International...

PM wants NA speaker to immediately accept resignations

ISLAMABAD: Prime Mi­­nister Imran Khan, during a meeting with a group of his spokespersons on Thursday, said the government would ask the National Assembly speaker to immediately accept resignations of opposition parliamentarians, whenever they came. The prime...

Report on PIA jet crash based on assumptions: CAA

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board’s (AAIB’s) report on the December 2016 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash near Havelian is based on assumptions and overlooks multiple technical details, stated a report submitted by the Civil...

CAA heaps blame on pilots for PIA Havelian crash

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday questioned the credibility of Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board’s inquiry report into the PIA’s ATR crash at Havelian in the Sindh High Court, submitting that “AAIB report seems to be based on lots of...

PIA still top-heavy

Will still have too many employees after VSS PIA aims to have about 7,000 to 8,000 employees after the current Voluntary Separation Scheme, down from the current count of 14,500 employees, which it currently has for 29 planes and plans to outsource certain functions...

Expensive lease of PIA’s ATR-72 aircrafts comes on FIA radar

KARACHI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has launched a probe into the purchase of ATR-72 aircraft by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on an expensive dry lease for six years. The FIA has decided to issue notices to all those responsible for purchasing the PIA...

Pilot licences: SC dismisses PIACL’s report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited (PIACL)’s report regarding pilot licences. A three-judge special bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard Air Marshal Arshad Mehmmod Malik’s...

SC says PIA’s report just an eyewash

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by PIA terming it just an eyewash and sought a comprehensive report regarding its business revival plan. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the...

PIA has cleared 110 pilots, SC told

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that the national flag carrier had cleared 110 pilots out of the 141 whose licences to fly had been suspended against the backdrop of the fake degrees controversy. Senior advocate Salman Akram Raja, representing the...

PIA getting rid of four aircraft due to expensive lease

KARACHI: While the Pakistan International Airlines is set to acquire more planes as part of its business plan, it has decided to remove four ATR aircraft from its current fleet of 30 due to an “expensive lease” arrangement. One of the four ATR aircraft was sent to...

Info about fake pilots’ licences incorrect: IHC

ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has observed that the verification process of pilots licences conducted by the Aviation Division is dubious, noting that it is now clear that the information that the licences of 262 pilots are fake is incorrect. An inquiry...

What ails Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority

IHC declares CAA order of revoking pilot’s licence as null and void ISLAMABAD-The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday declared the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) order of revoking the license of a pilot as null and void. A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice...