British Airways has finally touched down in Pakistan earlier today after a gap of more than a decade. The flight from Heathrow was warmly received at Islamabad International Airport.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner carrying 240 passengers landed at around 9:15 am. The passengers were welcomed by Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, and officials from British High Commission and Aviation Division.
The decade-long hiatus has finally ended and the return of British Airways comes as great news for Pakistani expatriates in Great Britain as well as for international travelers. The Pakistanis are ecstatic at the return of Islamabad-Heathrow route and hashtag British Airways is trending on Twitter, showing the joy of our fellow countrymen.
Here are some of the tweets:
British High Commissioner to Pakistan himself shared the footage of the touchdown after a welcome back message.
A big day for the UK and Pakistan. @British_Airways first flight on its new direct service to Islamabad takes off from London Heathrow this afternoon. It can look forward to a warm welcome when it lands here tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/S18Jr27QXW
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) June 2, 2019
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) June 3, 2019
— Khaleel Rahman (@khalilraman) June 3, 2019
— Nadeem Malik (@nadeemmalik) June 3, 2019
.The beautiful cake was cut in Zone F of @HeathrowAirport Terminal 5 check-in area.
The delicious white icing cake featured the majestic #FaisalMosque and northern areas. The @British_Airways & Heathrow logos were on the front.#BritishAirways #BA100#BAckToIslamabad pic.twitter.com/qAWVuQW5Sm
— Mohammed Firaas (@raisinganchor) June 3, 2019
— Vicky Porter (@VickyPorter_UK) June 2, 2019
A victory for Pakistan.
— Malik Ali Mukhtar (@MalikAliMukhtar) June 3, 2019
Pakistan welcomes you.
Thank you @British_Airways
and Welcome to Pakistan – A land of Opportunities. Both Pakistan and the UK have great potential to strengthen trade and investment ties particularly in the field of Tourism.
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) June 3, 2019
— roxana (@roxmiaen) June 3, 2019
Expats in Germany have a next task ready for SAPM, Zulfi Bukhari.
We really need direct flights from @Airport_FRA @MUC_Airport and düsseldorf to #islamabad #Lahore and #Karachi. Please take the initiative and bring @lufthansa to #Pakistan. This will be highly supported and appreciated by Pakistani community in #Germany. @sayedzbukhari next task
— muahsan (@_ahsan_muhammad) June 3, 2019
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