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Karachi’s relevance

KARACHI, the largest city of Pakistan and having two ports, which contributes more than 20 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides 60pc of its revenue, is again at the receiving end for several reasons. As some political leaders have...

PIA’s PLANE TRUTHS

PIA’s PLANE TRUTHS

It seemed like a routine flight for Captain Athar Haroon and his crew as PK894 descended into Kuala Lumpur. He was flying one of the 12 Boeing 777s Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has in its fleet. But this was not just any other aircraft. This particular plane...

PIA decides it will fight for Roosevelt Hotel in Reko Diq case

PIA decides it will fight for Roosevelt Hotel in Reko Diq case

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday announced it will be contesting to save its New York’s Roosevelt Hotel which is being evaluated by a British Virgin Islands (BVI) court to settle the Reko Diq case as it was mortgaged against the deal. According...

Malaysian court releases PIA plane grounded over lease dispute

Malaysian court releases PIA plane grounded over lease dispute

A Malaysian court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held in the Southeast Asian country nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the jet's lease. Malaysian authorities seized the Boeing...

PIA pilot spots UFO. Maybe not

PIA pilot spots UFO. Maybe not

A short video shot by the cockpit crew of a PIA aircraft set off frenzied speculation on social media on Wednesday. The 41-second-long clip shows a strange-looking phenomenon from a window of the PIA flight PK304 in Punjab skies. The video was shot over Multan-Sialkot...

CAA to outsource pilots licensing exams to UK

CAA to outsource pilots licensing exams to UK

KARACHI: In a bid to address the concerns of global aviation industry on the issue of alleged fake licences of Pakistani pilots, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to outsource the process of holding licensing exams to the United Kingdom’s CAA. Currently,...

No plan to privatise Roosevelt Hotel, Senate told

No plan to privatise Roosevelt Hotel, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: As the opposition smelled a rat in the closure of a PIA-owned luxury hotel in New York, the government on Tuesday told the Senate there was no plan to privatise Roosevelt Hotel. The opposition said it appeared that the government was preparing ground to...

Licences of 50 pilots were fake: CAA

Licences of 50 pilots were fake: CAA

ISLAMABAD: Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Khaqan Murtaza has said the fake licences of 50 pilots have been cancelled. According to local media, Khaqan Murtaza said evidences of ‘collusion’ in passing of exam for licences of 32 pilots have been found....

PIA to bring back its plane from Malaysia soon: minister

PIA to bring back its plane from Malaysia soon: minister

TAXILA: Federal Minis­ter for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Peregrine Aviation Charlie Limited leasing firm have agreed on an out-of-court settlement for the PIA plane seized at the Kuala Lumpur Airport on...

The PIA blunder

One small blunder or in fact one rather big blunder from a man who should not be making such mistakes on the floor of the House has brought further disaster for Pakistan International, the country’s national carrier. Now the UN has said that the airline should not be...

1,924 employees opt for separation: PIA

1,924 employees opt for separation: PIA

RAWALPINDI: With the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s voluntary separation scheme (VSS) and segregation of core and non-core employees, the staff strength per aircraft would come down to the ideal aviation industry ratio. The PIA says that 2,000 applications...

PIA on rebate

AS part of moving its head offices to Islamabad, the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is planning to curtail expenses incurred under the head of medical facilities which is considered a huge financial burden on the airline’s revenue stream. While...

NA body voices concern over seizure of PIA plane

NA body voices concern over seizure of PIA plane

RAWALPINDI: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Aviation Division on Wednesday expressed concern over the business plan of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and seizure of its plane in Malaysia. The third meeting of the standing committee chaired by Haji...

Farewell Roosevelt Hotel

Farewell Roosevelt Hotel

LET me start with an apology. If you’re still busy absorbing the full magnitude of the sheer stupidity that went into the making of the Broadsheet scandal, I have more bad news for you. The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan as well as the Scribe Hotel in Paris, both iconic...

Cost of PIA shifting

Cost of PIA shifting

THE news that PIA is shifting its head offices to Islamabad with all its paraphernalia is a shock for the people of Karachi. The airline has well-established infrastructure and facilities in the city built over the last six decades at an enormous cost that will become...

PIA failed to pay lease amount ‘due to Covid’

PIA failed to pay lease amount ‘due to Covid’

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday said the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had failed to pay lease on time due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Malaysian court issued an order without listening to the arguments of the...

PIA plane seized in Malaysia over $14m lease dispute

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane has been held back by Malaysian authorities due to a British court case over the jet’s lease, the airline said on Friday, adding that it would pursue the matter through diplomatic channels. The Boeing 777...

Covid-19: China stops PIA flights for three weeks

Covid-19: China stops PIA flights for three weeks

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has halted flights to China in the wake of the second wave of coronavirus in China. The flights were cancelled after 10 Pakistani passengers tested positive for Covid-19, a PIA spokesman confirmed the suspension of...

Root cause of failure

ACCIDENTS of all sorts frequently occur in the country. Accidents or failures should be a learning opportunity. This is done by investigating or finding the reasons for failure, which is also called root cause failure analysis. Root cause failure analysis is a part of...

Restructuring the white elephant

PIA was created and funded by the state to provide affordable, reliable and safe air transportation to the public who pay to travel. While there is no doubt that PIA employees would be inconvenienced by the long-overdue shifting of operational and administrative...