Sunday, March 04, 2007

Aviation: Britain and Germany place bans on Pakistan International Airlines

British and German authorities have barred around seventy-five per cent of Pakistan International Airlines' ageing fleet from flying to their countries because of safety concerns, a PIA spokesman said yesterday.

Spokesman Nasir Jamal said the airline would continue to operate its seven Boeing 777s on routes to Britain and Germany, after being advised by aviation authorities in both countries that its older aircraft were no longer welcome.

PIA in a statement that "operating restrictions are being temporarily applied," while it brings other long haul aircraft in its 42-plane fleet up to standard.

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