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Pakistan grounds all its ATR planes after fatal crash

Pakistan’s national carrier Monday grounded all of its 10 ATR turboprop planes after a crash last week killed 47 people and a second aircraft reported technical issues shortly before it was supposed to take off overnight. Pakistan International Airlines flight 661 smashed into a hillside in the country’s north while travelling from the city of Chitral to the capital Islamabad last W...

Airlines issue informal warning to pilots: 'Avoid landing in Pakistan'

Airlines have "informally" asked its pilots to avoid landing in Pakistan unless there is an "emergency" situation such as engine failure or fire on-board. In the wake of the current hostile situation between India and Pakistan, pilots have been asked to opt for Oman or United Arab Emirates, when flying overseas or heading to Delhi, Mumbai or Ahmedabad on domestic flights....

Paraglider Soars To Record Heights Above Pakistan

French paraglider Antoine Girard made history by soaring well above 26,000 feet in mountainous Pakistan. From his vantage point in the air, Antoine Girard soared nearly level with the summits of Pakistan's jagged snowcapped mountains: K2, Broad Peak, and G4. The French athlete wasn't flying in a commercial aircraft, though. He was bundled up like a mountaineer in a snowstorm, bre...

Pakistan again chooses the AW139 for transport and EMS requirements

AW139 confirmed as a preferred choice for military and government customers around the world Bestselling helicopter with over 960 units sold to more than 240 customers in more than 70 nations and over 830 units in service to date  Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helico...

Pakistan orders Cessna turboprops for aeromedical evacuation

Cessna has secured an order for two Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX and four T206H Stationair turboprops from Pakistan via the US government. The aircraft will be modified to perform aeromedical evacuation missions, the US Defense Department says in a contract announcement posted last week. Worth $14 million, the aircraft package will be delivered by December. “A 24-month sustainment pack...

Pakistan orders nine more Bell AH-1Z gunships

Bell Helicopter has been put on contract to build nine more AH-1Z Viper gunship helicopters for Pakistan, as part of a larger foreign military sales package for up to 15 helicopters and 1,000 Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire-series missiles that was approved last April. Islamabad ordered its first batch of armed, twin-engine “Zulu Cobras” under that deal in August, as part of a larg...

Pakistan national carrier resumes normal flights after strike

Pakistan's national airline resumed normal flight operations on Wednesday after employees called off an eight-day strike held in protest at a government plan to sell part of the carrier, officials said. "Normal operations have been resumed," Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesman Danyal Gilani said, adding that domestic and international flights would be running. Two p...

Shaheen Air pilot refuses to take off after detecting hole in plane wing

A Shaheen Air pilot on Monday possibly saved the lives of hundreds of passengers, mostly Umrah pilgrims, when he refused to fly a plane with a damaged wing. According to details, some 330 passengers were scheduled to depart for Saudi Arabia on a Shaheen Airline flight NL-721 at 22:15 local time when the pilot came to know that the plane was not checked properly by airport engineers. “I...

Pakistan's AirBlue eyes a return to Europe

AirBlue (PA, Karachi Int'l) has announced plans to resume longhaul flights to Europe following a near two-year long hiatus. In an announcement made via social media, the Pakistani carrier said Manchester Int'l would be among its first destinations. AirBlue dropped flights to Birmingham Int'l and Manchester Int'l in late 2013/early 2014 claiming at the time that it did not have t...

PIA Sell-out Reports Hold No Ground: Spokesman

The PIA has described media reports regarding sale of airline's profitable routes to a foreign airline and possible sell-out of the national flag carrier as totally unfounded. In a statement here on Sunday, PIA spokesman said the national flag carrier has signed a number of profitable code sharing agreements with various international airlines including China Southern, Thai Airways, Tu...

15-day restriction: Top court bars aviation adviser from work

Just as the federal government is mulling over the privatisation of the national air carrier, the top court has restricted Shujaat Azeem from carrying out his duties as special assistant to the prime minister on aviation affairs. While hearing multiple petitions challenging his appointment, the three-judge apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, also summoned Captain (ret...

Pakistan to Privatise National Airline by Next Year: Govt

Pakistan will privatise its national carrier by next July, a minister said Tuesday, following years of crushing losses and mismanagement that have battered the airline's reputation. The widely anticipated announcement prompted protests by Pakistan International Airlines employees and the main opposition party. "We are planning to privatise PIA in view of its heavy and recurring fina...