Pakistani Pilot Sisters Make History By Co-Flying Boeing 777

ISLAMABAD:  Two sisters working as pilots for Pakistan International Airlines or PIA have become the first such pair to fly concurrently the Boeing 777 aircraft, according to reports.

Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Danyal Gilani said that Maryam Masood and Erum Masood have been flying different planes for a while but finally ended up flying the same plane recently.

“Pilot sisters make history for PIA by flying Boeing 777 concurrently,” Mr Gilani said.

 According to Mr Gilani, there is no recorded instance of two real sisters flying a commercial aircraft together anywhere in the world.

While the two sisters have been flying for a while now, they had never shared the same cockpit till now.

Recently, one of the sisters, Erum Masood, was promoted and cleared to fly a Boeing-777, which resulted in the happy coincidence of both sisters flying a plane together.

Maryam Masood and Erum Masood are both first officers who usually fly different aircrafts; Mr Gilani is reported to have said. They are second only to the pilot, who usually has longer experience.

News of the two sisters flying together comes as small relief for the Pakistani airlines, which has been running losses for years and is currently trying to execute an organizational turnaround. It launched a premier service on August 14 to attract affluent travelers.