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President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan

President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan  (Copyright © Arjumand Ahmad)

President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan addressing a new batch of passed out Air Hostesses at airline's Ground Training School in late 1960s. Principal Ground Training School Hafeez-ud-Din also seen in this picture. Note Air Hostesses wearing uniform designed by famous French designer Pierre Cardin. The stylish uniform which earned words of admiration at domestic and international airports served by PIA flights was introduced in 1966 under the management led by Asghar Khan. In January 1966, Asghar Khan was appointed to lead PIA and during his three-year tenure the airline achieved lowest aircraft accident rate and highest net profit of Pakistan Rupees 55,000,000 earned till that time. Asghar managed to adjust his busy schedule as President PIA to attend ground school lessons and underwent training to obtain Commercial Pilot License (CPL). He successfully got his type rating on Boeing jets approved by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Very often Asghar was in command of the aircraft during his travel on PIA flights as airline's President. The designation 'President PIA' was used because of American style of management introduced in the airline by Asghar Khan


President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan

President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan  (Copyright © Arjumand Ahmad)

President PIA Air Marshal Asghar Khan interacting with new batch of passed out Air Hostesses at airline's Ground Training School in late 1960s. Standing next to Asghar Khan in saree is Instructor Flight Service Miss. Afghan. Also seen in this photo are Air Hostesses Nasima Khan and Zeenat Pirani



Capt. Shaukat H. Khan

Capt. Shaukat H. Khan  (Ayaz Khan Collection)

A PIA Boeing 720-040B jetliner flying under the command of Capt. Shaukat H. Khan


Capt. Shaukat H. Khan

Capt. Shaukat H. Khan  (Ayaz Khan Collection)

Early 1970s photo of Capt. Shaukat H. Khan (left) as Boeing 707 Commander. In the background is a PIA Boeing 707-340C in airline's early 1970s livery




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