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UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:05 pm

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The Ambassador of UAE in Islamabad. Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, receives and honors Captain Fazal Ghani Mian, pilot of the first flight in the history of the Emirates Airline operated from Dubai to Karachi on Oct. 25, 1985.

ISLAMABAD:
The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, on Tuesday, honored the first ever Emirates Airline flight, Captain (Retd) Fazal Ghani Mian.

Emirates and Pakistan have a shared history tracing back more than 30 years: The airline’s first flight went from Dubai to Karachi on Oct. 25, 1985.
“I came to Dubai on Oct. 1, 1985, and met with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and the Emirates Airline Managing Director Maurice Flanagan and their teams. We discussed the tasks ahead and how we wanted to proceed,” said the Pakistan International Airline’s flight Captain Mian.

On Oct. 18, a group of 100 pilots, flight and aircraft engineers and maintenance staff, among others, all came to Dubai to initiate the planning stages. “I was also tasked to train UAE National pilots. They were trained in Dubai and got their commercial licenses from the Civil Aviation Authority in Pakistan,” said Mian, while sharing his experience in a video of the Emirates’ 30th anniversary.

“I was blessed to be with very competent professionals to lay the foundation of Emirates” he added.

In the past three decades, Emirates has progressively expanded its operations and offering global connectivity and world-class services to Pakistan’s major cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sialkot and Multan.

This week, Emirates has announced the deployment of a one-off A380 service to Islamabad starting July 8. The airline’s iconic double-decker will make its inaugural arrival in Islamabad on a special flight EK2524/EK2525, the Emirates News Agency reported.

“We are proud to bring our flagship A380 aircraft to Islamabad,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president Commercial Operations Center at Emirates.

Source: Arab News
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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:14 pm

Wet leased PIA Airbus A300 registration AP-BBM performed Emirates first flight from Dubai to Karachi on October 25, 1985.

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Emirates Airbus A300B4-203 (AP-BBM) wet-leased from PIA seen at Dubai Airport on October 25, 1985. Photo taken before Emirates inaugural flight.

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Emirates Airbus A300B4-203 (AP-BBM) prepared to operate inaugural flight.

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Emirates Airbus A300B4-203 (AP-BBM) wet-leased from PIA prepared to operate inaugural flight. The second aircraft of Emirates - a Boeing 737-340 (AP-BCD) wet leased from PIA - is also seen in this photo.

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Emirates Airbus A300B4-203 (AP-BBM) operating inaugural flight.

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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:53 pm

PIA is blessed with more talent than other airlines, say airline's former pilot Capt. Fazal Ghani Mian who was at controls of Emirates Airline first flight operated on October 25, 1985, with a wet leased PIA Airbus A300.

Complete interview can be read here: https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php ... 18_152_005

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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by arshad.altaf » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:44 pm

What a story and such an honour. The vibrant past and heroes of PIA! Not long ago I had read both books of Capt Johnny Sadiq for the second time. It was a treat once again. Heres hoping that the airline can become respectable once again sooner than later.

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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by riz » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:35 am

arshad.altaf wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:44 pm
The vibrant past and heroes of PIA! Not long ago I had read both books of Capt Johnny Sadiq for the second time. It was a treat once again. Heres hoping that the airline can become respectable once again sooner than later.

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Arshad, These people were hired on Merit before the Quota system bit PIA.
Do not Expect such examples coming from PIA anymore....
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Re: UAE Ambassador Honors Pakistani Pilot of First Ever Emirates Flight

Post by arshad.altaf » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:05 pm

Agree with you. Still it breaks the heart to see the downhill sprint of our national airline.

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