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PIA, Wapda eat up Rs277b of taxpayer money in fiscal 2018

There are about 200 public sector companies and an overwhelming majority of them are in a loss

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August 28, 2018


PIA chief orders probe as pleading mother video goes viral

Report by Ashraf Khan Pakistan International Airlines has been receiving flak after a video of angry passengers urging cabin crew to open the doors has gone viral. The video shows a distressed mother pleading with the airline staff to open the doors for fresh air as her infant was experiencing breathlessness. According to reports, the…

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August 8, 2018


New PIA logo becomes topic of discussion

ISLAMABAD: The new official logo of the Pakistan International Airlines is being widely discussed. PIA introduced a new logo showcasing the animal Markhor. However, the step has become a topic of discussion on social media. #PIA changed its logo… Hoping Something Good… — Naima Lashari (@NaimaLashari) April 6, 2018 Absolutely love the @Official_PIA brand…

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April 8, 2018


PIA decides to change logo after 10 years

Pakistan International Airlines has decided to change its logo after ten years, according to spokesman of the airline. The picture of Pakistan’s national animal Markhor (Ibex) will be printed on the tails of the PIA planes, the spokesman said. “The ibex is rare and faces its enemies all alone in mountains. The national flag-carrier will…

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April 7, 2018


Buy PIA, get Steel Mills for free: Miftah Ismail

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Financial Affairs Miftah Ismail has offered to give the Pakistan Steel Mills for free to the investor who agrees to buy the loss-making Pakistan International Airlines. “I don’t know if there will be a buyer after the next elections but I hope there is one and we should try…

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March 15, 2018


Woman gives birth on Multan-bound PIA flight

KARACHI: A woman gave birth on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Multan from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The crew of the PIA flight came to the aid of the family as the woman gave birth. The PIA tweeted the pictures of the crew holding the baby. “Miracles happen everyday and we…

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December 12, 2017


PIA plane escapes mid-air disaster

LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight heading to Saudi Arabia from Sialkot escaped disaster on Wednesday when it made an emergency landing after smoke erupted from the plane. According to our correspondent, PIA flight PK-755, which departed Sialkot for Riyadh at 6am, made an emergency landing at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport after smoke…

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October 11, 2017


PIA incurs losses well over Rs 146 billion in last four years

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has incurred losses over Rs 146 billion over the last four years, according to a statement by the Minister in Charge of the Aviation Division.  The details were shared during a session of the National Assembly in response to a question put forth by MNA Shahida Rehmani. According to the figures…

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October 10, 2017


PIA suspending flight operation for US

LAHORE: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to suspend its flight operation for the United States primarily because of ‘low traffic’. Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan has also confirmed it, saying that the decision is being taken due to $.4 billion losses to the national flag carrier. He said…

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October 10, 2017


Another PIA ‘feat’ – Dubai-bound flight overloaded

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passengers had to suffer Saturday as a Dubai-bound flight, PK-203, from Lahore airport was delayed due to overloading by the PIA staff. Reports said at least 12 people were made to sit on jump seats. They were later offloaded following an hour long delay in the flight’s departure. Watch this video…

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August 5, 2017


UK officials detained me for six hour: PIA pilot

Police in the UK claim that a “quantity of heroin” has been found on board a plane that flew to London from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane. Following the alleged recovery, 14 members of PIA crew were detained at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday and were let off after several hours following a thorough…

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May 17, 2017


Video of Chinese woman about going into a PIA cockpit goes viral

BEIJING: A video in which a person seems to be asking questions from a female Chinese passenger about going into the cockpit of a PIA aircraft went viral on Tuesday, inducing a response from the national flag carrier regarding the scandal as well.  Reportedly, the pilot kept the Chinese female passenger in the cockpit between…

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May 9, 2017


Watch: PIA flight accorded water canon salute

MUSCAT: A water canon salute was presented to the inaugural Pakistan International Airlines flight which left from Salalah Airport in Oman. Pakistan Embassy in Oman announced that Salalah will connect with Karachi and Sialkot on March 30 and April 1 respectively by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) The embassy announced that approximately 65,000-70,000 Pakistanis live in…

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March 31, 2017


PIA cannot obtain aircraft on wet-lease beyond 6 months: spokesman

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Wednesday said as per National Aviation Policy an aircraft could not be wet-leased by airlines for more than six months. The PIA’s agreement with Sri Lankan airlines for wet lease of an Airbus A330 was expiring on February 9, PIA spokesman Danyal Gillani explained in response to media quarries. Following…

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February 8, 2017


PIA needs well-envisioned business plan for revival: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the government is determined to bring back the lost glory of Pakistan International Airlines by making it an airline of the choice.   He expressed these views while chairing a meeting of special committee in Islamabad to bring structural reforms in the PIA and make it a profitable organization….

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January 28, 2017


PIA launches intranet facility on prime domestic flights

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started providing intranet facility on few of its prime domestic flights from Friday. The system will allow passengers to access this entertainment content using their own cellophanes, tablets and laptops. Initially, the facility will be available on selected flights on Karachi-Islamabad and Karachi-Lahore routes. In the first phase, a…

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January 13, 2017


PIA announces cut in Umrah fares

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced reduction in Umrah fares as a good will gesture on New Year. According to details, the deal would start from today (Wednesday) and will continue till January 31. People travelling from Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan and Peshawar would purchase return ticket for Rs 43,000 while fare…

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January 4, 2017


PIA plane clips wing of Air France aircraft at Pearson airport

TORONTO:  The wing of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight collided with the wing of an Air France aircraft at Pearson International Airport while taxiing on Tuesday night. The incident took place at 6 p.m. ET, according to Natalie Moncur, a spokeswoman for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. The Air France plane was parked at…

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January 4, 2017


PIA’s Jeddah-Karachi flight cancelled after 10-hour delay

KARACHI: Jeddah-bound flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was cancelled after a delayed by 10 hours in Karachi, causing a great deal of inconvenience to passengers. PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said the flight delayed after recovery of 15 kg heroin. “PIA’s security and vigilance team, at Jinnah International Airport, in its routine pre-departure search of…

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December 21, 2016


PIA gives ‘Sadqa’ of black goat as ATR aircraft resume flight operations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) gave a ‘Sadqa’ of a black goat before its ATR aircraft resumed flight operations on Sunday. The sacrifice of the goat was given at Islamabad airport moments before the plane took off for the first time after shakedown tests. The PIA had grounded all of its 10 ATR aircraft after…

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December 18, 2016


Another PIA London-Karachi flight cancelled due to technical faults

LONDON: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has stopped its Karachi-bound flight PK-788 at London’s Heathrow airport due to technical reasons, according to spokesman of the national flag carrier. Over 300 passengers were made to wait at Ibis Heathrow that has only 356 rooms. Passengers said they have been told that the flight has been cancelled. However,…

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December 12, 2016

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