Maryam and Erum Masood (photograph courtesy Twitter)
Two Pakistani sisters working as pilots for the country’s national flag carrier PIA have scripted history by becoming the first such pair to fly a Boeing 777 aircraft together, the airline said on Wednesday (August 31).
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) spokesman Danyal Gilani said that Maryam Masood and Erum Masood have been flying different planes but finally ended up on the same flight.
The two sisters piloted the flight from Lahore to Karachi, Manchester, New York and London.
“Pilot sisters make history for PIA by flying Boeing 777 concurrently,” Gilani tweeted.
Erum was recently upgraded to fly a Boeing-777, which resulted in her joining her sister in the cockpit, he added.
This is a rare good-news story from PIA, which has been running in losses for years and is struggling to improve its performance. The airline launched a premier service on August 14 to attract customers.
Pakistani women have earned honours for the country in the aviation sector in the past as well. In 2006, seven women graduated as fighter pilots in the Pakistan air force.