ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots made history by becoming the first pair of sisters in Pakistan to fly Boeing-777 aeroplanes at the same time.
Maryam Masood and Erum Masood are both first officers who fly different planes, PIA Spokesman Danyal Gilani said.
He said they are junior only to the plane’s captains, who are often very experienced pilots.
The two sisters flew the planes concurrently from Lahore to Karachi, Manchester, New York and London.
“Pilot sisters make history for PIA by flying Boeing-777 concurrently,” Danyal tweeted.
The spokesman said there is no known record of two real sisters having flown the same weight category aircraft concurrently.
Erum was recently upgraded to fly a Boeing-777, which resulted in the happy coincidence of joining here sister in the cockpit.
It is a good news from PIA, which has been running in losses for years and is struggling to improve its performance.
It launched a premier service on Aug.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 airforce.
The PIA has many female staffers, who mostly serve as airhostesses.
There are also several women, who work in the offices of the national airliner.
However, the women have not been serving as pilots.
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has started inducting females as pilots to fly the fighter planes.
Sometime back, a woman pilot was killed in a crash.
A movie is being made to project her unique services in the PAF.
Meanwhile, after the retirement of the federal information secretary, Syed Imran Gardezi, Saba Mohsin has been made acting information secretary.
She is in grade 21 and the senior most officer of the federal information ministry.
There have been demands that Ms Mohsin be made full-time information secretary to give representation to another female in a higher echelon of government.