Pakistan International Airlines fires pilots with fake school degrees

National carrier Pakistan International Airlines has been plagued by myriad controversies in recent years and saddled by billions of dollars in debt. (Reuters)
Updated 31 December 2018
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Pakistan International Airlines fires pilots with fake school degrees

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s national flag carrier has fired 50 staffers including three pilots for holding fake high school degrees, an airline official said Monday, in the latest embarrassing mishap to hit the troubled airline.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which was considered a global leader in commercial aviation until the 1970s, has been plagued by myriad controversies in recent years and saddled by billions of dollars in debt.
“The airline has dismissed from service its 50 staffers including three pilots for holding fake high school degrees,” PIA’s spokesman Mashood Tajwar said.
He said at least six additional pilots had been fired recently on the same grounds.
The airline has canceled the pilots’ licenses, Tajwar added. He did not specify what the other PIA staff who were sacked did for the airline.
PIA was widely mocked in 2016 for sacrificing a goat next to a turboprop ATR plane to ward off bad luck, weeks after one of its planes crashed killing 47 people in one of Pakistan’s worst air disasters.
Last year it had to apologize after forgetting two corpses due to be transferred to Pakistan from New York.
And in 2013 one of its pilots was jailed in Britain for being drunk before he was due to fly from Leeds to Islamabad with 156 people on board.
PIA employees have also been periodically investigated for drug-smuggling, especially after drugs were seized from a Dubai-bound flight in 2016.


Jet Airways now operating only 41 aircraft, could reduce further: regulator

The debt-laden carrier has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors. (Reuters)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Jet Airways now operating only 41 aircraft, could reduce further: regulator

  • Jet Airways may reduce the number of aircraft it is flying in coming weeks
  • The debt-laden carrier has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors
NEW DELHI: India’s aviation regulator said on Tuesday that Jet Airways is currently operating only 41 aircraft, just a third of its original fleet, as the debt-laden carrier struggles to finalize a rescue deal with lenders and its major shareholder Etihad Airways.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement the situation is fluid and that Jet may reduce the number of aircraft it is flying in coming weeks.
Saddled with debt of more than one billion dollars, Jet has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors — some of whom have ended lease deals with the airline before taking the planes out of the country.
The DGCA also said that pilots, cabin crew and ground staff who have reported any kind of stress should not be put on duty, and the airline should carry out regular maintenance of its aircraft even if they are currently grounded.