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Plagued minds working to denigrate PIA's WFC

Vested interests are working covertly to denigrate Pakistan International Airlines' "Way Forward Committee" (WFC) which has suggested several measures to bring about huge savings and pull the bruised national carrier out of its present morass, "from a failed airline to a flourishing carrier."

According to Pakistan Air Line Pilots' Association (PALPA) the "Way Forward Committee" tasked by Chairman PIA to suggest ways and mean to save every single penny from where ever possible, is being targeted in a calculated manner to keep it back from its designated work. The committee after suggesting and having implemented fuel saving of billions of rupees has recently embarked upon saving huge sums being wasted in catering dept due to inefficient planning.

The committee has in about less than two months time identified some Rs 391 million possible savings by efficiently planning meals for different domestic and international flights. Vested interest in different departments of the airline is, however perturbed by the working of Way Forward Committee as many loopholes from where they were earning illegally have not only been plugged but cases and inquiries have been initiated.

A Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association/ Way Forward Committee spokesman narrated how efforts are being made to dishearten and disengage committee members from their assigned work. He said that a concocted story was circulated regarding the delay of PK 711 on December 14 from Lahore to New York mentioning that it got delayed due to pilots asking for hot breakfast. "It was not only concocted, baseless, and contrary to facts in which some very respectable names of PIA were mentioned in a rather disgraceful manner."

He said the facts are that pilots' and cabin crews' snacks and meals were all on board so the news regarding pilot not flying because of hot breakfast demand was baseless. "The operating pilot was Captain Naushad while Captain Sohail Baloch was travelling as passenger, thus Captain Suhail's refusal for flying is also concocted."

As a matter of fact, he said the operating pilot Captain Naushad after complaint by cabin crew, had asked the control room to send someone on board from catering dept. The concerned officer took 50 minutes to reach the aircraft which is against the rules as he should have been present close by till the flight had departed. On captain's inquiry about business class passengers' hot snacks as the flight time was nearly nine hours and according to Managing Director PIA's instructions the business class passengers were to be served a hot snack, the catering dept instead of giving clear picture to captain took another one hour to provide meals.

The catering dept should have informed the captain about the exact time it was supposed to take, so that the captain could have decided about departing on time or waiting for the meal. Since the catering dept kept the operating captain waiting, the flight took off late. "It is, however, strange that a story totally fabricated and against the facts made it even more embarrassing for the airline by mentioning the initiatives of Way Forward Committee," the spokesman said.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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