PIA’s Free Fall

The last time we discovered that the national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines was a burden to the economy early in 2016, two men died in the protests surrounding the proposed panacea of privation. The process got stalled at least for six months. Six months turned into a year, a year is running towards the…

Airline Departure Formalities pre-9-11

An unending saga of trust The crew transport was usually at your residence two hours and thirty minutes before the scheduled departure time of the flight. You were supposed to be ready when it came, since the driver on getting no response, could then pick up the standby. The pick-up used to be arranged in…

Diversion to Boston

Date: March 21, 1982 Aircraft: B707-340 C Registration: AP-AWY Call sign Pakistan Eight Zero One. I am flying as captain, and this is my first flight over the Atlantic from Orly to John F. Kennedy after familiarization and route check flights with two different captains, Iftekhar Janjua, deceased in A300 Kathmandu crash, and Capt Sajid…