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FIA arrests pilot, five CAA officers in fake license case

KARACHI: A pilot and five officers of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the fake pilots’ licence scandal. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) corporate crime circle completed its investigation into the issuance

PIA plane to airlift 0.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Beijing

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will fly a plane to Beijing to bring more than 500,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan. A spokesperson for the national flag carrier said a Boeing 777 plane will be used to transport

Malaysian court releases PIA plane seized over lease dispute

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

PIA pays $7mn for aircraft impounded in Malaysia

LONDON: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has informed the London High Court that it has paid $7 million to aviation company Peregrine Aviation Charlie Ltd in the case pertaining to two jets leased by the Dublin-based AerCap. Malaysian authorities seized

EU safety ban – Will PIA regain its lost glory?

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has expressed hope that the ban on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights to and from the European countries would be lifted soon. The ban on flight operations have not only tarnished Pakistani’s image

PIA, PSM needs attention

Pakistan International Airline and Pakistan Steel Mills, being vital national assets, now need urgent and focused attention. While production minister Hammad Azhar recently stated that Since the PSM had become a liability on the exchequer, it has to be privatized

COVID-19: PIA issues new precautionary orders for employees

ISLAMABAD: In view of the second wave of Coronavirus, the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued new precautionary orders for its employees. According to a notification issued by PIA, it has been decided to partially suspend biometric attendance

FIA files case against former PIA CEO for illegal appointment

ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has lodged a case against two former officers of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for causing a loss of Rs5.2 million to the national airline. FIA Corporate Crime Crime filed the case against two foreign

PIA announces Umrah Policy 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced Umrah Policy 2020 as Saudi Arabia resumed pilgrimage services for foreigners. According to the PIA spokesperson, an Umrah policy has been announced for Jeddah and Madinah from Pakistan which will remain in force

PIA starts compensation payments to air crash victim’s families, survivors

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will begin a process to provide compensation of up to Rs10 million to the survivors and families of the victims of the ill-fated PK-8303 flight that crashed in Karachi earlier this year. The compensation would

NAB Chairman takes notice of Roosevelt Hotel’s closure in US

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal has taken notice of the closure of Roosevelt Hotel owned by the national airline PIA in the United States. Chairman NAB has directed DG NAB Rawalpindi to investigate the matter.

PIA-owned Roosevelt Hotel in New York to shut down from Oct 31

NEW YORK: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) owned Roosevelt Hotel in New York has announced to permanently close its doors from 31st October. “Due to the current economic impacts, after almost 100 years of welcoming guests to The Grand Dame of

PIA flights to Saudi Arabia will resume today

ISLAMABAD: National airline Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will start its flights to Saudi Arabia today. PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan said 777 and Airbus 320 aircraft would be used for Saudi Arabia. A PIA spokesman said that the national airline’s flights

Pakistan to appeal against flight ban in Europe: Aviation Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said Pakistan will file an appeal for the resumption of flight operations in Europe by the end of this month. Responding to a call attention notice in the Senate, the minister said

Fake or genuine licences

The issue regarding the possession of fake licences by pilots took a bizarre turn whether a letter surfaced in which the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said all pilots have genuine licences. The aviation regulatory downplayed the seriousness of the matter

An owl on every branch

Whenever an incident occurs anywhere in the world, the concerned government tries to bring out the facts after a thorough investigation. However, after the PIA plane crash in Karachi before Eid-ul-Fitr, a significant revelation came from a key Pakistani government

Pilots’ licences – Fake or genuine? What is the reality?

The saga over the possession of dubious or fake licences by Pakistanis pilot is getting murkier and confusing with every passing day with allegations and contradictory statements from all quarters. The pilots have decided to retaliate as they are been

PIA airlifts 249 Pakistani nationals from Chinese city

BEIJING: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) special flight has left the city of Tianjin in northeastern China on Sunday night to repatriate 249 Pakistani nationals. PIA’s special flight no. 6852 left Tianjin Binhai International airport with Pakistani citizens from Tianjin Municipality

PIA resumes regular flight operations to UAE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is resuming its regular flight operations to United Arab Emirates from Thursday (today). According to PIA Spokesman, the passengers will be able to travel from Pakistan to Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain through regular

PIA-owned Roosevelt hotel not being privatised: IHC informed

NEW YORK: The Roosevelt Hotel located in New York owned by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is not being privatized and will remain the national carrier’s property. A federal law officer on Tuesday informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Amir

Pilot refutes relation with co-pilot involved in fake licences

KARACHI: Pilot Shumaila Mazhar has turned down rumors that she is the sister of pilot Maryam Masood who was named among those holding a fake license. The license scandal that recently surfaced affected a large number of pilots as several

FM Qureshi discusses PIA flight ban with Danish counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has held a video conference with Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod and conveyed concern on temporary suspension of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights into Denmark. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has decided to

Malaysia temporarily suspends Pakistani pilots over fake licences

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has temporarily suspended pilots holding licenses from Pakistan after it emerged that many hold dubious licenses and continued to operate flights. The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) after an evaluation of all foreign pilots in Malaysia

PIA dismisses 49 employees over fake degrees, disciplinary issues

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has dismissed 49 employees from service on the charges of possessing fake degrees and disciplinary issues. According to a notification issued by the national carrier, 25 were sacked for allegedly possessing fake or tempered degrees

Govt gears up for privitisation of PIA-owned Roosevelt Hotel

ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) has discussed the privatisation of Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, New York, owned by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The Cabinet Division issued a notification calling for a meeting the committee on a one-point agenda

PIA’s assistant manager dismissed over fake degree

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has dismissed assistant manager flight services from service for possessing a fake degree. According to a notification, the national flag carrier has terminated Khalid Mehmood Jadoon from service after finding him guilty of holding a

FM Qureshi calls for reviewing PIA flights ban in Europe

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed on reviewing the decision to suspend Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights into Europe. In a telephonic conversation with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell,

EU bans PIA flights

The national carrier has been already from operating all flights to the Europe and UK for six months over flight safety standards. This marks a new low for an airline already suffering from a financial crisis who reputation is at

PIA allowed to operate Europe, UK flights till July 3

ISLAMABAD: The European Union has given permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to temporarily operate flights till 3rd July. The permission was given to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad after hectic efforts by the government. European Union has relaxed the

Shaan expresses grief over current state of PIA

LAHORE: Actor, Shaan Shahid has expressed sorrow over the current state of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). He took to Twitter and wrote that his heart bleeds to see the present state of the national flag carrier, PIA. #PIA our flag