PIA successfully completes Safety Validation and Airworthiness Audit
KARACHI: Canadian Agency, Transport Canada has issued a letter to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on successfully completing the Safety Validation and Airworthiness Audit conducted by them on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airworthiness Elements, a statement said.
The letter, issued on August 11, 2021, declares PIA operations meeting the international standards and closes down all its reservations pertaining to the flight safety and operations of Pakistan’s national flag carrier, it added.
The audit was conducted in the aftermath of the flight authorisations suspension by the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) on all Pakistani operators consequent to the pilots’ licences scandal.
The Transport Canada’s Safety Validation and Airworthiness Audit Desk conducted the audit of PIA from August 2020 till September 2020. Though the interim permissions were granted to PIA to operate into the Canadian territory, which it used to conduct repatriation operations during the period of the Covid flight restrictions and later were converted into regular passenger flights, still continuing till this day.
With the new validation, PIA can operate with much more ease and comfort, the statement said.
The premier airlines safety audit and accreditation agency IOSA, had already issued operators’ licence to the Pakistan International Airlines till July 2023, it added.
PIA chief executive officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik congratulated the Safety and Operations teams of PIA on successfully completing the audit. He vowed that the national flag carrier will make all-out efforts for continuous improvements in the safety standards.
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