Please Inform Allah


Frequent readers of this blog will know that I wrote about PIA, Pakistan’s national airline, some weeks ago in The Sunday Telegraph. Fresh moves are afoot to bring it into the 21st century by ending the bleeding of cash, updating the fleet and rationalising its bloated workforce. I wish it the very best.

You’ll also perhaps know that almost alone among the foreign correspondents in Islamabad I insisted on using PIA as much as possible. I frequently flew back and forth to London on its 777s. The timings are perfect. Much more civilised than an early hours departure and then a layover in some shiny Gulf hub where passengers are forced to waste time browsing some of the most pointless shops I have ever seen.

Anyway, I turned that piece into a more personalised account for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. You can listen to it here…

2 thoughts on “Please Inform Allah

  1. I flew PIA when I lived in Karachi and Lahore – 1965 -1969. The pilots were well trained. they transitioned from props to jets. They had the tridents. noisy scary landing – – felt like a close call each time. runways too short for jets.

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