[Sisters Maryam Masood, Erum Masood are first such pair to pilot a Boeing 777 jet together. (Image tweeted by Danyal Gilani)]
Islamabad: Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots made history by becoming the first pair of sisters in Pakistan to fly Boeing-777 airplanes at the same time, the media reported on Wednesday.
Maryam Masood and Erum Masood are both first officers who fly different planes, PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani told Dawn.com.
"They are junior only to the plane's captain, who are often very experienced pilots", Gilani said.
While the two sisters have been flying for a while now, they had never shared the same cockpit till now.
"There is no known record of two real sisters having flown the same weight category aircraft concurrently," Gilani said.
Erum Masood was recently upgraded to fly a Boeing-777, leading them both to achieve this feat.
News of the two sisters flying together comes as small relief for the Pakistani airlines, which has been running losses for years and is currently trying to execute an organizational turnaround. It launched a premier service on August 14 to attract affluent travelers.