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Private airline ignores aviation rules

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By Masood Anwar

KARACHI: Shaheen Airways has again successfully obtained a waiver from the Ministry of Defence from conditions set for the private airlines.

According to the concession given to the airline, Shaheen Airways has been allowed not to comply with the National Aviation Policy (NAP) and fly in the Pakistani skies till November 15, 2005.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the regulatory body monitoring aviation activities in the country, has taken a serious notice of the airline failing to comply with the aviation policy. The Authority had issued a notice in September to Shaheen Airways to either follow the NAP or halt its operations, setting a deadline of October 15.

According to the NAP, an airline must have three airworthiness aircraft for operations and these must be registered with the CAA in Pakistan. On the contrary, Shaheen Airways has not been operating aircraft registered in Pakistan. Moreover, for the last three months, the airline has been flying with just one aircraft, creating problems for the travellers.

Due to the non-availability of required number of aircraft, the airline fails to follow its own flight plan submitted with the CAA. Daily delays and cancellation of flights have not only dented the credibility of Shaheen Airways, founded by Shaheen Foundation, but it has also questioned the credibility of CAA.

The airline is also a defaulter of the CAA as it has not paid a single penny to the authority from July this year. Accumulated default money of the airline has crossed Rs13 million. The Ministry of Defence has allowed Shaheen Airways and Aero Asia to pay off their default money in easy instalments spread over 15 years. But Shaheen Airways is said to be not paying the instalments as well as current dues to the CAA.

The airline is also not operating on socio-economic routes, a compulsory part of National Aviation Policy. At present, the airline is operating on international routes that are comparatively more profitable.

Aviation experts are surprised over the continuous waivers granted to the airline that fails to follow all major parts of the aviation policy. They termed it encouragement of disobedient boys that is against national interest.

When contacted, a spokesman for Shaheen Airways said one of the three aircraft of the airline was on scheduled "C check" and would be included in the fleet again by the end of December. The second aircraft, he said, was under repair, which would be part of the active fleet after 15 days.

He said "the management of the airline is itself worried over the situation and trying to rectify it." "Due to better planning by the management, the airline is meeting around 95 per cent of its flight schedule for international routes," he said and added "we are also trying to accommodate domestic passengers."

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I thought all three of Shaheen's 737-200 were registered in Pakistan.

AP-BHA, BHB, and BHC.

Is this another of those ill informed articles written by people who don't know anything about Pakistani aviation.

As for Shaheen Air sinking, this was bound to happen since PIA slashed airfares, the weakest link had to go.

Maybe its high time for Air Blue and PIA to induct more planes and start additional flights to replace the vacum left by Shaheen.

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Amaad Lone wrote:I thought all three of Shaheen's 737-200 were registered in Pakistan.

AP-BHA, BHB, and BHC.
That's right, all three of their 737s have Pakistani registration mark.
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