PIA 'pilot sisters' make history by flying Boeing planes concurrently

Published: August 30, 2016
Maryam Masood and Erum Masood flew the coveted Boeing-777 aircraft to several local and international destinations. PHOTO: TWITTER/@Danyal_Gilani

Maryam Masood and Erum Masood flew the coveted Boeing-777 aircraft to several local and international destinations. PHOTO: TWITTER/@Danyal_Gilani

The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is usually embroiled in controversies but two women brought laurels to the national carrier by operating two flights at the same time.

Maryam Masood and Erum Masood made history on Tuesday as they flew the coveted Boeing-777 aircraft to several local and international destinations concurrently, Express News reported.

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The duo was able to turn their dream into reality after the younger sister Irum recently got her license to travel along her elder sibling.

It is reportedly for the first time in the country’s, in fact South Asian history that two real sisters captained a plane such as the Boeing to operate several flights together.

However, Pakistani women have earned honours for the country in the airline chapter, earlier as well.

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In November last year, 24-year-old Flying Officer of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Marium Mukhtar was martyred when her training aircraft crashed near Mianwali.

In 2006, seven women broke into one of the country’s most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots — perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military and for six decades closed to them.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Imran
    Aug 30, 2016 - 8:13PM

    Great job keep it up!!
    Pia is a university for people who really want to learn & progress. Lets use this asset the way these women did.
    Another feather in the cap.Recommend

  • za
    Aug 30, 2016 - 8:14PM

    Not south Asian but middle eastRecommend

  • Someone
    Aug 30, 2016 - 9:06PM

    Actually Pakistan comes in South Asia, Middle East and also Central Asia to the north. It’s a crossroads country. Proud !Recommend

  • point
    Aug 30, 2016 - 9:52PM

    another indian egoish person whose 70% of country men seeks job in Dubai and Abudhabi and Saudi Arabia!!Recommend

  • obaid
    Aug 30, 2016 - 11:14PM

    AR LEAST one GOOD NEWS FROM PIA who is ruined by out siders and not by insiders. BRAVO. Recommend

  • Aviator
    Aug 31, 2016 - 3:49AM

    Very proud!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 31, 2016 - 5:24AM

    Your point ? Oh, I see, Pakistan is wrongly placed in SAARC…Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 31, 2016 - 5:42AM


  • Khan
    Aug 31, 2016 - 6:49AM

    It’s good but country has a lot more potential then 2 sisters flying a plane
    The news should have been 2 sisters made a plane which fly w solar energy
    Pslistan people are capable of it unfortunately country has been run by jokers for last 20 yrs and has no leadership or vision .so hopefully people can work on it themselves otherwise start practicing Namaste.Recommend

  • indian
    Aug 31, 2016 - 8:11AM

    Ghanta 70% only those who dont know reality of middle east and couldnt get job in the west seek job in the middle eastRecommend

  • asy ma wail!
    Aug 31, 2016 - 2:43PM

    and that is a pretty big number if not 70%, only if you come out of your cave to see them build buildings in the scotching heat of ME summers.Recommend

  • ali
    Sep 1, 2016 - 2:11AM

    Pakistan is strictly a South Asian country, it is neither Middle Eastern and most certainly not Central Asian.Recommend

  • Imtiaz Awan
    Sep 1, 2016 - 10:53PM

    I think he meant not just in south Asia but in Middle east too, we have not seen this before. Our patriotic emotional people jump to conclusions too soon. Recommend

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