Archive for November 29th, 2007

Pakistan International Airline Allowed Into EU

PIA fleetThe European Commission adopted today the sixth update of the Community`s list of airlines banned in the European Union. With this update the Commission is lifting the ban imposed upon Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam together with the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

Blue Wing Airlines and PIA have successfully completed the implementation of a corrective action plan following their inclusion in the list. Their oversight authorities have produced evidence that they verified the measures taken by the airlines and that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future.

While Blue Wing Airlines is a very small, private airline with old, small planes, PIA is the national flag carrier of Pakistan. Its fleets consists of B777s, B747s, B737-300s, A310s and ATR42s.

The EU put restriction on PIA’s landing rights at certain airports. The restriction concerned only the B747 and A310 fleet. To overcome the EU’s concerns,PIA had developed a comprehensive Recovery Plan to strengthen its systems and procedures relating to the upkeep and airworthiness of its fleet.

Now EU has shown satisfaction over the progress PIA has shown. In a statement from Transport Commissioner of European Union, Jacques Barrot said: “When airlines take rapid corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list of restricted airlines quickly”.

Well done, PIA!

By Szafi
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