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Video: Extreme Piloting: Boeing 737 into Skardu, Pakistan

A new video from JustPlanes:

Skardu located at an altitude of close to 8000 feet is surrounded by high mountains making it a complicated approach to be flown only by Captain who are qualified for the airport and only in good visual weather and during daylight hours only.

Pakistan International is the only airline to operate into this airport with service to Islamabad which is the roundtrip flight JustPlanes filmed on the Boeing 737-300.

In 2012 a Just Planes team spent a week in Pakistan to capture the aircraft and some of the routes operated by PIA. The mission here was to give viewers a look at aviation and flight operations in the country. We’re happy to welcome Pakistan International Airlines, the 273rd airline in our seriews! You will be treated to flights on the older classic generation 737 and 747 to the newer generation 777 with few presentations but lots of visuals.

Highlights of the program include the ATR 42 flight to Gilgit, a hub for mountaineering expeditions in Northern Pakistan. Gilgit has a short runway (1600m) located at the edge of a slope. Skardu has a longer runway but at an altitude of over 8000 feet and surrounded by mountains the final approach is very complicated as you enter into the valley with sharp turns and obstacles on both sides. Our flight from Islamabad and back operates on the Boeing 737 classic 300 version. Last but not least is a chance to fly one of the last passenger 747 classic aircraft and one of the last cockpits manned by a Flight Engineer. Only 81 -300s were built with just about none left in passenger service today!

Video: Challenging approach into Gilgit, Pakistan

From Just Planes:

With a short runway located at the end of a slope and high mountains surrounding it Gilgit is considered an extreme airport.

Pakistan International Airlines introduces a new livery

PIA – Pakistan International Airlines has once again refreshed its brand.

The airline has announced today it will soon unveiled its new livery on its first aircraft. The airline has offered these images on social media.

Pakistan’s national animal Markhor is the new aircraft tail logo.

All images by PIA.

Taliban claim responsibility for the attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, hijack attempt fails, 28 dead

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Karachi’ Jinnah International Airport came under attack overnight from armed gunmen who were intent on hijacking an aircraft. The attack has been stopped and no aircraft were hijacked.

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According to CNN, “the Taliban-claimed attack began on the country’s largest airport at Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday night (June 28), which left 28 dead — including 10 attackers — and 24 injured”.

According to CNN, “the gunmen targeted Terminal 1, the old terminal that had fallen out of regular use. This terminal is only ever used for people flying to and from pilgrimages, for private flights, or sometimes government flights.”

Read the full CNN report: CLICK HERE

According to Reuters, “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman.

Parts of the airport terminal were on fire.

According to Reuters, “heavy smoke billowed into the sky well into Monday when officials announced the siege was over and that the airport would resume operations at 4 p.m. (1600) (local time) Monday (June 9).”

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Karachi Jinnah International Airport is the secondary hub of PIA-Pakistan International Airlines.

Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport. Located in Karachi, the largest city and capital of the Sindh province, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan according to Wikipedia.

Copyright Photo: OgreBot. The main terminal at Jinnah International Airport.

PIA to drop the Islamabad-Leeds/Bradford route on May 15

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) on May 15 will cancel the Islamabad-Leeds/Bradford twice-weekly Airbus A310 flight per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A310-325 AP-BGS (msn 689) approaches the runway at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines: AG Slide Show

PIA’s Boeing 737-33A AP-BEH makes a wheels-up landing at Muscat today

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PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) had an incident today at Muscat, Oman. Boeing 737-33A AP-BEH (msn 25504) operating flight PK 259 from Sialkot, Pakistan to Muscat suffered a rough landing on its arrival. The left main gear collapsed on landing. There were no injuries to the 108 passengers and crew members on board.

Read the full story from Gulf News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. AP-BEH is pictured arriving at Dubai in 2010 before it was repainted in the current 2010 livery.

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines: AG Slide Show

PIA to get new leadership from retirees from the Pakistan Air Force

PIA-Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi) appears to be getting some new leaders in key leadership roles from retirees from the Pakistan Air Force according to this article by The Nation.

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Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen.

PIA Slide Show: CLICK HERE