Pakistan International Airlines Plane Repossessed – With Passengers Still On Board

A Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 has been repossessed while on the ground in Kuala Lumpur after arriving from Islamabad, waiting to return to Pakistan. Passengers were already on board. Crewmembers, since they’d arrived from outside the country and could no longer depart immediately, were all sent to quarantine.

According to a Pakistan International Airlines spokesperson,

A PIA aircraft has been held back by a local court in Malaysia taking a one-sided decision pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court.

The Boeing 777, registration AP-BMH, was previously leased to Vietnam Airlines. It was leased to PIA by AerCap in 2015. The aircraft was sold to National Commercial Bank subsidiary Peregrine Aviation Co Ltd. in 2018 but AerCap continues to manage the lease.

Aircraft AP-BMG, also previously leased to Vietnam Airlines and transferred to Pakistan International Airlines in 2015, is covered by the dispute as well though that plane hasn’t flown to Malaysia and was last recorded in Pakistan in December.

The operator of Kuala Lumpur airport was ordered by a court to ensure the aircraft didn’t depart, “pending legal proceedings set for Jan. 24.”

Boeing 777 on Approach to New York JFK in 2014, Copyright zhukovsky / 123RF Stock Photo

Pakistan International Airlines is the worst airline in the world. Best known for sacrificing a goat for safety and flying with more passengers than seats (and making customers stand for 1700 miles), the airline’s former CEO was actually detained as a result of his efforts to provide good seats and service by wet leasing aircraft from SriLankan.

At PIA even operating on time creates problems: customers build failure into their expectations and don’t actually show up for flights when they’re scheduled to depart. So being offloaded in order for an aircraft to be impounded is more or less par for the course.

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  1. The name of the city in Pakistan from which the plane arrived is Islamabad, not Islamab, as you sloppily write above. I know you feel rushed to write these things and feel under some intense time pressure to get these out, but couldn’t you perform a cursory spell check or something? Otherwise its’s sloppy and continues to undermine your relevance.

  2. @John C I don’t think it’s unreasonable for somebody who purports to being a “Thought Leader in Travel” to do a spell check and ensure that major cities are spelled appropriately before publishing. It’s sloppy otherwise.

  3. Well, looking on the bright side, no goats were killed in the delivery of this message (as PIA is wont to do when faced with adversity).

  4. @Woofie
    surely you are catching on with sloppy spelling “PIA is wont” , what are you trying to say with the above?

  5. I always wonder what the end game is for folks like Jason. Does having a complete meltdown in the comments section of every article with a typo bring some sort of satisfaction…?

  6. Gary: “Uh oh, I misspelled a city’s name and now Jason is upset with me.”

    Jason: “Hold my beer, its’s right over here.

  7. The writer appears to be biased with Pakistan and PIA which clearly reflects from his taunting remarks about the name of capital city as well as his atribution of some past incidents in a wrong manner. And how badly he tried to justify his spelling mistake which portrays his stubborned and proud attutude. The edit option is always there. Had it not been a better option to use so called eraser option? Moreover mentioning the incident of a legal nature according to one’s own whims and using this to be an oportunity to make venemous statements is nothing but a miserable attempt to defame an organ of a country. I take pitty on his mental state.

  8. I guess there as messed as all the other airlines at the moment the bigger they are the harder they fall. They are all falling out of the sky this year arent they.

  9. @Ahmed Noman er what?

    @Jason I’m guessing you are new to VFTW. I used to get pissed off at Gary for the exact same reasons, wrote comments, blah blah blah. At one point Gary realized he should make more of an effort, and the spelling and grammar are actually much better than in the past. You’ll get used to it.

    @Ryan don’t be silly. Gary is one of the better travel bloggers out there, and he does bill himself as a leader. It’s not unreasonable to expect that the main avenue for expressing himself, his writing, can actually communicate his thoughts. Honestly I lost track of how many times he left out whole words or phrases that completely change the meaning of a sentence. That doesn’t happen anymore.

  10. Mr Writer who ever you are ,you should be ashmed of yourself by telling lies to people about an Airline and the country it belongs to.Yes there are issues but not now as they are improving ,surely in the future you will be the one who will get a free journey and visit pakistan.I am sure them you would have different ideas about the country just beacuse you will get service.Iam sure this time you are getting service from somewhere else or infact you are serving someone else to sell you utterly blunt third class blog which will surely have impact on people who have commonsense infact they are all grilling you to mis-spell the capital .So this surely tells us you are serving someone …..well hope after reading this comment your mind towards that great country will think positive .

  11. @Jason ” its’s” sloppy
    You must have been rushed during your little hissy fit. Careful it hurts your relevance.

  12. Even a dumb , would understand by reading your article that you are misleading the reader.
    Have some shame for poor writing about Pakistan.

  13. @ Jason, well done ✅

    @ writer
    Why PIA’s former CEO is good in your books, I also hold him responsible for the destruction of the air line.

    If you don’t care about the importance of the spelling for cities, why would you think that a matter that is in court is important for you to criticize to damage the image of PIA

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