Pilot delays flight for two hours ... for sandwiches
19 December 2013
A PILOT delayed a flight for two and a half hours after putting in an order for a sandwich delivery from a five-star city hotel.
A PICKY pilot delayed a Pakinstan Internatinal Airlines NewYork bound flight from Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore by two and a half hours ... for sandwiches.
PIA flight Pk-711 was scheduled to leave for New York via Manchester at 6:45am (local time) in the morning when flight captain Noushad requested sandwiches for lunch.
Sandwiches were included as part of the in-flight menu on the flight until recently. On November 25 all the sandwiches were replaced with peanuts, chips and biscuits to save costs, and the catering department could only serve the approved revised menu.
When the pilot requested sandwiches the catering staff told him that they were not part of the approved menu, and that the only way to obtain sandwiches would be to place an order with a five-star city hotel - which would take over two hours.
The captain insisted that he needed sandwiches and the catering department contacted the Pakistan International Airlines head office in Karachi to seek further advice on the matter.
Amazingly, management directed the catering team to order the sandwiches as requested.
Once the sandwiches arrived the pilot was allegedly happy and the flight resumed ... over two hours late.
A spokesperson for Pakinstan Internatinal Airlines, Mashhood Tajwar, said that management had taken serious notice of the massive delay and that an investigation into the matter had been ordered.
Here's hoping the pilot enjoyed his lunch!