Long-time readers may remember Pakistani Correspondent or ‘P.C.’, my work colleague from Pakistan who signed up for an American Express Platinum card when there was a 100,000 point signup bonus. She redeemed her very first award ticket four years ago, transferring 120,000 miles to Delta, for a business class ticket to Lahore for the holidays.
She was excited to fly business class for the first time, but mostly she was thrilled not to be flying Pakistan International Airlines. I’ve called PIA the world’s worst airline. If you think I’m exaggerating, just read this post.
Boeing 777 on Approach to New York JFK in 2014, Copyright zhukovsky / 123RF Stock Photo
Two weeks ago they suffered a crash of an ATR 42 turboprop. After the incident they grounded their ATR fleet, and subbed in C-130 military cargo planes flying passengers on benches because those planes are able to operate at some of the country’s more challenging airports.
Before bringing the ATRs back into service, PIA employees sacrificed a goat next to a plane at the Islamabad International Airport. The digital media editor for Pakistan television ARY News tweets it:
The sacrifice was confirmed by PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani, who said it was a “gesture of gratitude” by some employees before the resumption of flights of the airline’s ATR fleet. It was not sanctioned by management, Mr Gilani said.