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

Pakistan 801 [Eight Zero One] 21 March 1982 Sector: Orly (Paris)–Logan (Boston)– JFK (New York) 1235-2200; 0135-0250Z; AP-AWY, B707-340C Cockpit Crew  Captain S.M. Husain First Officer Asif Akhtar Flight Engineer Mahmood Cabin Crew Flight Steward Commercial airliners have been lost when the pilot(s) hesitated in making a decision such as the Avianca’s B707 lost in…