BA resumes flights to Pakistan after decade-long suspension

The Boeing 747 returned to Heathrow with the injured crew member

The Boeing 747 returned to Heathrow with the injured crew member

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British Airways resumed its flight operations to and from Pakistan on Monday morning when its first plane landed at the Islamabad airport in 10 years.

"We " ll be operating this route with our newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner", a BA spokesperson said.

The passengers were welcomed by Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to the PM on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Hussain Bukhari and senior officials of the Aviation Division and the British High Commission.

British Airways halted services in 2008 in the wake of a suicide bombing attack that killed more than 50 people at Islamabad's Marriott Hotel, at that time British Airways normally operated six flights a week between London and Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

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It is the only western airline to resume its service to Islamabad.

But the airline is now scheduled to fly three times a week, with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to the Pakistani capital from London Heathrow.

When the resumption of flights was announced in December, Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, said the airline was joining an "increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan".

He said: 'I can't wait for what will be such a wonderful occasion. "I know that my colleagues operating the flight are just as excited".

When the resumption of flights was announced in December previous year, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew said British Airways was joining an "increasing number of British companies doing business in Pakistan".

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