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Pakistan’s pilot sisters co-fly Boeing 777, create history in S Asia

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ISLAMABAD: While we have been fed the notion of discrimination against women in Muslim societies, especially in Pakistan, two young women have amazed everyone by their unprecedented achievement, especially in this part of the world. Maryam Masood and Erum Masood became the first pair of real sisters to fly a Boeing 777 aircraft together not just within Pakistan but abroad too.

While there is little doubt about backwardness of Muslim women, more so among Pakistani women, there are some bright spots too.

The two girls also brought laurels to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that is usually trolled for poor services by its users.

female pilots piaFor the last several days Pakistan International Airlines better known as PIA has been hogging limelight on the strength of the achievement by Maryam Masood and Erum Masood.

A PIA official while talking about the two pilots of the embattled company said that Maryam Masood and Erum Masood have been flying different planes but finally ended up in the same plane. The two sisters flew the planes concurrently from Lahore to Karachi, Manchester, New York and London.

In a tweet he said, “Pilot sisters make history for PIA by flying Boeing 777 concurrently”. He said that there was 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 August 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.

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