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!