British Airways today landed in Islamabad as it began its first service between the UK and Pakistan in 10 years.
Crowds greeted the aircraft in Islamabad as both the Union Flag and Pakistan’s national flag were waved from the cockpit roof hatch.
Flights will run three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from London Heathrow, operated using a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
British Airways has officially opened an office in Islamabad for the airline’s local dedicated team, which is testament to the investment the airline is making in the country.
On board the first flight from London was Andrew Brem, chief commercial officer at British Airways. He said: “Today is a great occasion for British Airways as we resume flights to Islamabad after a decade.
“The atmosphere on board our state-of-the-art 787 aircraft was spectacular, as was the warm welcome on the ground. British Airways has a proud history of flying to Pakistan – we first operated flights to Islamabad in 1976 – and we couldn’t be more excited to be back.”