At the 74th conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) held recently in Berlin, focusing on unity of pilots, a Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) delegation submitted the delegate’s report on behalf of the Indian delegation who awarded their proxy vote to Pakistan.
Due to shutdown of jet airways in India, the Indian delegation was not able to attend the IFALPA annual conference and they awarded their proxy vote to Pakistan, trusting their Pakistani counterparts amid all the tension between the two countries.
Captain Chakar Ali Shah, IFALPA director, Pakistan, and Captain Rehan Haqqi, a Pakistani delegate, received standing ovation by 100 countries representing all the continents. Capt Chakar Shah, who is working vigorously uniting Asian countries to form Asian Pilots Cockpit Association, was specially appreciated by all member countries to bring Asian countries together on aviation related matters.
IFALPA President Capt Jack Netskar appreciated PALPA for the regional aviation role and for promoting and enhancing the role and status of professional pilots despite many challenges. He said, “It is good to see that in a situation where the two states have been in conflict for so long, shooting down fighter jets of each other, they are still able to collaborate and focus on important things.”
Moreover, Indian ALPA President Captain Sam Thomas, in his letter to PALPA, appreciated the hard work of Capt Chakar Shah and promised that India would be a proposer state for Pakistan to support PALPA for regional vice presidency for the next term (2020-22).
The PALPA delegation also met delegates of Airbus and ATR who promised to provide assistance to Pakistan aviation industry.
It is pertinent to mention that IFALPA is the global voice of pilots. An international not-for-profit organisation, IFALPA represents over 100,000 pilots in nearly 100 countries. The mission of the federation is to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide and to be the global advocate of the piloting profession; providing representation, services, and support to both members and the aviation industry.