PIA was about to start rebranding on its planes using Markhor (The national animal) logo, but the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has ordered PIA on Sunday not to remove the national flag from the tails of PIA planes until further notice.
PIA has already demonstrated the markhor logo on Airbus A320 with images and videos and the company announced that it will soon start operating the new logo planes. But Supreme Court has restricted the company to operate with rebranded images and logos on the planes.
A two-member bench including Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Mushir Alam issued the directives to the company while hearing the case of fake degrees of PIA pilots.
During the hearing, CJ asked Managing director if PIA why the national flag is being removed from the tail of PIA aircraft? The MD Musharraf Rasool Cyan replied that they have planned to replace the flag with markhor logo.
Cyan also revealed the total cost of replacing the national flag with markhor logo on one plane. He said that Rs2.7 million would be spent on one plane in order to rebrand it, in reply the justice Nisar said according to their information the amount being spent on one place is not Rs2.7 million but rather Rs3.4 million.
The managing director informed the court that PIA spent a good amount of money on repainting the planes every four years. The job of repainting and replace the national flag would be done by PIA’s engineering department while the markhor sticker would be imported from Ireland, one plane has already been painted—he added.
The CJP has directed the MD to stop removing national flag from the planes until further notice and inquired about PIA making any profits. He gave his remarks that federal government has granted PIA a bailout package of Rs20 billion and the management is spending it on replacing the flag with logos.
The CJP also said that the court will also examine his performance and qualification for this current job as an MD at the National carrier. The CJP directed the CEO of PIA to improve the operations and services of PIA rather than spending money on replacing the flag.
Managing director of AirBlue Junaid Khan was also present at the hearing. During the hearing, he presented the cheque before the court to the heirs of passengers killed in plane crash. The AirBlue plane was crashed in Margalla Hills Islamabad on 28 July 2010 killing 146 passengers and six crew members.
He further said that compensation was given to 136 passengers while 10 passengers were in litigation with the company and each passenger was given a compensation of Rs5 million. He also denied the PM Abbasi as an owner of the AirBlue. Later SC postponed the hearing until the second week of June 2018.