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Pakistan International revisited. (Pakistan International Airlines Corp.)

New top-management team at PIA deals out 48% pay raises and is rewarded with rising productivity and break-even domestic operations. By Anthony Vandyk.

Karachi-There is a new team at the top of Pakistan International Airlines following the retirement of Chairman/CEO Air Marshal M. A. Daudpota. Another retired Air Force officer, Air Marshal Farooq F. Khan, has come in as chairman and Arif Ali Khan Abbasi has returned to the carrier as managing director after a 9-year absence. It was Abbasi who-as GM-information services in the 1970s-masterminded the expansion and modernization of PIA's CRS. Later, he served as public-affairs director.

One of the first actions taken by the new management was to raise the salaries of all 19,600 employees by 48% following the announcement that PIA had made a profit equivalent to $25.4 million in its financial year that ended June 30, 1989, 25.1% more than in the previous 12-month period. Virtually all overhaul and maintenance work is performed in-house and employee productivity has been rising steadily. …

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