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PIA Air Hostess Momi Gul Durrani in airline's 1963 advertisement in German language. Momi died as crew member of PIA Boeing 720-040B (AP-AMH) flight PK-705 from Karachi to London via Dhahran & Cairo that crashed on May 20, 1965, during final approach to Cairo Airport


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PIA advertisement from 1963. The advertisement reads:

"Our pilots get checked twice a year...our autopilots twice before each takeoff.

Every six months PIA's doctors (so special they need a special license) take a long, searching look at each of our pilots. Before each takeoff, a mechanical specialist and our captains (we have two a flight) take an equally long, hard look at the autopilot. When all three say "Fine," we're satisfied. Perfect is a word we use a lot. We mean it. We fly Boeing jets to Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan...plus connections to India, Nepal, and Burma."



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PIA advertisement from 1964. The advertisement reads:

"When the plane you're on is pampered, and you are, too, you're flying PIA between Europe and the East.

Pampered? The crown jewels don't get any better care.

Every 65 hours every PIA jet gets a complete physical. Our mechanics (dedicated, every one of them - and we have 2,009) check out 520 points.

Then our inspectors (fantastically precise, all 360 of them) check them out again.

If they won't say yes, back goes the plane.

Back, for instance, to the five men who work on wheels, Or the two men who x-ray parts to guard against invisible defects.

When a PIA Boeing fan-jet takes to the air, it purrs.

You will, too.

So have your travel agent book you aboard. We fly between London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Beirut, Teheran, Karachi and Dacca. Also extensive service within East and West Pakistan plus connections to India, Nepal and Burma."


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PIA advertisement from 1964. The advertisement reads:

"Two captains?

On every flight?

Sure, when you're flying PIA between Europe and the East.

It's true.

PIA believes that in these days of superjets and crowded skies, there ought to be a full captain at the controls every minute the plane is in the air. So we have two fully rated captains on every flight. Awfully good ones, too. It costs us, in point of fact, over a million rupees to train each captain.

We think it's worth every one.

You will, too.

Have your travel agent book you aboard one of PIA's jet flights between London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Beirut, Teheran, Karachi, Dacca, Canton and Shanghai. Also extensive service within East and West Pakistan plus PIA connections to India, Nepal and Burma."




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