Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan has ordered a C-130 transport plane to be deployed to PIA pilots who volunteered to fly missions to return stranded Pakistanis from abroad due to the corona virus outbreak.
The pilots flying from Karachi to Islamabad will be part of the PIA relief efforts. At the request of PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik, the Air Chief issued instructions to spare PIA pilots from Karachi to Islamabad. These pilots volunteered to avoid the undue pressure that few self-directed people put on management.
The PIA CEO thanked the Air Chief, officers and staff of the Pakistani Air Force for always taking a step forward in times of need as these pilots were vital to resuming flights for affected compatriots. He also reaffirmed to the nation that there have been volunteers so dedicated for so long, adding that the PIA will never leave the people of Pakistan and will do everything possible to serve this great nation. “Long live Pakistan, long live PIA, long live the Pakistani Air Force,” said the PIA CEO.
In the meantime, two PIA flights flew to London and Manchester to bring stranded Pakistanis back. Similarly, three flights left Islamabad to Birmingham, Manchester and London to do the same job. Face masks, disinfectants, etc. were made available to the flight crew.