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PIA aircraft collides with another plane at Karachi airport

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft collided with another plane while taxiing at the Jinnah International Airport, ARY News reported on Saturday. As per details, a PIA’s ATR plane hit a stationary aircraft at the plane engineering hanger during a run-up. As a result, the wings of the ATR aircraft got damaged. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has taken notice of the incident which is said to have occurred due to engineers’ negligence. A probe has been ordered into the incident of the collision…

PIA declares ‘zero tolerance’ on crew sharing airline emails on social networks

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has laid out a ‘zero tolerance policy’ in a measure to renew its standard operating procedure for “better customer service”. In a circular issued to staff members of the national airline, the management has given a number of guidelines including one stating that “obese and overweight crew will be restricted immediately.” In the circular titled ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’, the PIA said it won’t tolerate indiscipline and rude attitude/behaviour on part of the crew. It…

CJP takes notice of minister’s brawl with PIA officials at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took notice of Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Khan’s brawl with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials at the New Islamabad Airport. He directed the minister and relevant official of the airport to appear at the apex court’s Lahore registry tomorrow (Saturday). A day earlier, Gilgit Baltistan ministers including Tourism Minister Fida Khan and Law Minister Advocate Aurangzeb set fire to their coats at the airport and entered into a…

GB minister loses his cool, manhandles PIA official at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: A video went viral on Thursday showing Gilgit Baltistan’s Minister for Tourism Fida Hussain losing his cool and manhandling a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) official at Islamabad airport over cancellation of a Gilgit-bound flight owing to adverse weather conditions. In the video Mr Hussain and another minister Aurangzaib can be seen belting out abusive remarks and burning their jackets in protest against the cancellation of the flight. The officials of PIA, Airport Security Force (ASF) and Civil…

PSO resumes fuel supply to PIA after brief halt

KARACHI: The Pakistan State Oil (PSO) on Tuesday resumed supply of fuel to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) after a brief halt over non-payment of the outstanding dues.  The fuel supply resumed following successful talks between the PSO and the airline, according to a PIA spokesperson. Subsequently, the PIA resumed its flight operation as a number of flights departed from Karachi as per their schedule. Earlier, the PSO suspended fuel supply to the national flag carrier over its failure to ensure payment of…

ECC approves Rs17 billion support package for PIA

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Monday approved a financial support package worth over Rs17 billion for the loss-making national entity Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The approval came during a meeting of the ECC with Finance Minister Asad Umar in the chair The PIA is facing financial crunch and despite several bailout packages, the airlines has been unable to stand on its feet. On Oct 31, the Board of Privatisation Commission decided to remove Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)…

PIA aircraft skids off runway during landing at Panjgur Airport

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft veered off the runway at Panjgur Airport, Balochistan this morning, ARY News reported. As many as 57 passengers were aboard the flight PK-517 that was heading to Panjgur from Karachi, however, all the passengers remained safe, PIA spokesperson later said in a statement. The incident occurred when the plane was touching down the runway and it got veered off the landing belt. According to reports, tyres of the aircraft were partially damaged in the incident.…

Chief commercial officer of PIA resigns

KARACHI: Chief Commercial Officer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Bilal Munir Sheikh has  resigned from his post, ARY NEWS reported on Thursday. "Appointed in the tenure of Musharraf Rasool, the former Chief executive officer (CEO) of PIA, Mr. Bilal has tendered his resignation stating personal reasons.", said spokesperson of the airlines. The incumbent government on October 12, appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshal Arshad Mahmood Malik as the chairman of PIA, following the decision of the supreme…

PIA pilots not authorized for seat up-gradation anymore

KARACHI: The administration of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) took an impressive initiative to increase the revenue by abolishing the authority of seat up-gradation from its pilots. According to details, Director of Flight Operations Captain Uzair issued a notification stipulating that the authority of all PIA captains to upgrade tickets of passengers has been revoked. The notification cautioned that in case of non-compliance, "the cost of up-gradation will be deducted from the salary equal to the difference of…

Woman whose baby passed out in PIA flight gives another chance to the airline!

A woman whose baby lost consciousness during the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight of late and she was filmed bickering the crew for help, has once again chosen to fly from the national airline and PIA is quite happy about it! A video went viral in Aug when a number of passengers were filmed arguing with PIA crew after air conditioner of the jet stopped functioning while a infant cradled by his mom fainted and the news caught attention of the mainstream media. On Tuesday, the PIA posted a tweet welcoming the…