PIA CREATES COMMERCIAL
PIA has created world
commercial aviation history, by flying the newly manufactured Boeing
777 LR (Long Range), the first airline in the world to fly it, form
Hong Kong to Heathrow, the wrong way around the globe. Flying form
Hong Kong it went overhead Japan, then across the Pacific Ocean flying
over Hawaii to overhead San Francisco, then onwards across the North
American continent to overhead New York, flying still farther on
across the Atlantic Ocean, to land at Heathrow Airport, London
non-stop and in one giant leap lasting slightly less than 24 hours.
The trip, which broke the 18
hours 18 minutes flight time record of the Airbus 340 and also Boeings
747-400's record from London to Sydney, flew 12,600 miles or more than
half the circumference of the globe, flying at 83 Mach, or 17 Mach
less then the speed of sound, the 35 persons on board, including 8
cockpit crew members, witnessed two sunrises, and even had scheduled
sleep timings on the bunkers onboard. Among the five Boeing pilots
were Capt Susana Darcy, Boeing 777 test Pilot, and Capt. Frank Santoni,
representing the Boeing Company.
Along with five Boeing
pilots, Commander Asif Reaz, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations,
PIA was in Command, and was assisted by Capt Mohammed Ilyas Malik,
designated as check Pilot Boeing 777 in PIA, to fly the aircraft as
Boeing's "Launch Customer," pending delivery of this very
first plane to PIA, registered in Pakistan AP-BGY. A Singapore
Airlines pilot was also on Board as Singapore Airline is evaluating
buying this airplane after PIA.
The event was reminiscent of
another such record breaking flight by PIA nearly four decades
earlier, when Commander Abdullah Baig, arguably the most famous pilot
of PIA, flying the newly manufactured Boeing 720, eased into a jet
stream during cruise with consummate skill, to break the
London-Karachi flight time record.
AGA KHAN NETWORK ENHANCES
The Aga Khan Development
Network, through its agency Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), has
enhanced its supply of relief goods and has been made a part of the
Army Relief Cell. Agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network have
also provided medical assistance, at camps set up in the affected
Further, on behalf of the
French government, the Aga Khan Development Network has supplied 16
generators to the Pakistan Army. The generators will be delivered to
the hospital camps that are being set up in Azad Kashmir. On the four
helicopters provided by the Aga Khan Development Network, the Turkish
Deputy Prime Minister and his entourage, accompanied by the Honorable
Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, Federal Minister for Kashmir and Dr.
Salman Shah, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue,
Economic Affairs & Statistics, traveled to survey the area of
Muzaffarabad and other sites of the affected region.
The Singapore Pakistan
Association has donated more than two tons of relief supplies to the
earthquake stricken people of Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and NWFP.
Pakistanis residing in
Singapore have, under the banner of the Singapore Pakistani
Association (SPA) come forward in aid of their countrymen at this time
of crisis. The Pakistani community collected and airlifted more than
two tons of relief goods to the affected areas. A further two tons of
much needed supplies, like tents, blankets, sleeping bags and warm
clothes have been shipped out. The SPA has been working in close
cooperation with PIA and DHL, Singapore.
DEUTSCHE BANK APPOINTS SHAZAD
DADA AS CHIEF COUNTRY OFFICER
Deutsche Bank has announced
the appointment of Shazad Dada as Chief Country Officer, Pakistan,
effective immediately. Dada, who is currently based in New York, will
relocate to Karachi. In addition to his responsibilities in Pakistan,
Dada will also be involved in identifying and executing Corporate
Finance activity in the Middle East & North Africa and the Asia
Pacific region. He will report to Colin Grassie, Chief Executive
Officer for Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) and in his role in the Middle East
& North Africa, to Kenneth C Borda, Chief Executive Officer of
Middle East & North Africa.
Prior to taking up the role
in Pakistan, Shazad Dada was a Managing Director in the Mergers,
Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank Securities,
Inc. in New York and head of the Media M&A practice in America.
An official signing of the
Shell-Hyundai partnership was held at the headquarters of Dewan Farooq
Motors Ltd. (DFML) on November 1 in Karachi. President DFML, Mr.
Farooq Mustafa signed on behalf of Hyundai and Mr. Farooq Rehmatullah,
MD, Shell Pakistan, signed for Shell. Senior representatives of the
two companies also attended the ceremony.
They event implements in
Pakistan the Global Agreement between Shell and Hyundai signed in
Through this agreement,
Hyundai will recommend Shell's top of the line Shell Helix motor oils
for all of its automobiles. Shell will now supply Shell Helix to
Hyundai dealerships and workshops nationwide.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
AZFAM Technologies (Private)
Limited, a Franchisee of APTECH Computer Education at Garden Center,
has become an Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP) Partner.
Under an agreement signed recently, AZFAM will provide Oracle training
for OCA/OCP courses, as also teach Oracle as a part of Aptech's ADSE
course. Under the WDP partnership, AZFAMT Technologies will be
authorized to provide Oracle courses for DBA and Developer's track of
Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) program.
Mr. Aziz Husain, Chief
Executive of AZFAM Technologies said at the signing ceremony held
recently in Karachi: "Garden Center was the first APTECH Center
in Pakistan to offer Higher National Diploma (HND) of Edexcel of UK,
first to become a Local Academy of Cisco under the ITU-Cisco Regional
Academy program, and is now the first APTECH Center in Pakistan to be
associated with Oracle.
KALIA DONATES RS 2M
Kalia group has offered its
deepest grief and sorrow on the loss of precious lives and devastation
caused by the earthquake in the northerbn parts of Pakistan. our
beloved country.. It prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls
in peace and lessen the miseries of the affectees.
Kalia Group has also extended
moral and financial support to the affected families through its two
renowned organizations namely Khanani & Kalia International-KKI
and Ko-ordination Group-KRG - each donating Rs. 1 million to the