Apr 21

Bhoja Air – History and Management

History of Bhoja Air Pakistan

On 7 November 1993, Bhoja Air started operations. The airline started with services on domestic routes and inaugurating flights between Karachi, Lahore and Quetta, with a dry lease Boeing 737-200 aircraft. Bhoja Air Pakistan LogoThe aircraft was registered with Pakistani registration and was the first private airline in Pakistan to operate
with a Western manufactured aircraft.Bhoja Air Route MapIt commenced its international operations on January 24th 1998 with a flight between Karachi and Dubai. Bhoja Air now intends to restart its operations by January 2012, and re-engage itself with the dynamic Pakistani aviation industry.
Management of Bhoja Air

Mr. Farook Omar Bhoja
Chairman Mr. M. Arshad Jalil
Managing Director Capt. Najmul Huda
Director Operations

Mr. Arif Majeed
Director Finance Mr. Shahsawar-ud-din
Director Engineering Mr. M. Omar Jalil
Director Management Information Systems

Air Cdre (R) Javed Ishaq
Director Corporate Affairs AVM (R) Rafi
Director North Mr. Mir Muhammad Akbar
Director Marketing & Services

Mr. M. Akhlaq Qureshi
GM Information Technology

Apr 21

Farooq Umar Bhoja Name Placed on ECL: Rehman Malik

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the owner of Bhoja Airline, Farooq Bhoja has been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Farooq Bhoja Name Placed on ECL
Malik said, ”It is being said that the aircraft was pretty old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft.”

Malik added that a probe committee has been constituted to investigate the airplane crash.

”The causes will be investigated, whether it was any fault in the aircraft, it was lightning, the bad weather or any other factor that caused loss of precious lives,” he said. The plane’s flight data recording systems, key to any investigation, have been recovered.

The Bhoja Airline’s flight from Karachi burst into flames after coming down in fields near a village on the outskirts of Islamabad on Friday evening as it approached the city’s international airport.

The airline said the Boeing 737 was carrying 121 passengers, including 11 children, as well as six crew.

Apr 20

Bhoja Airlines’ plane crashes near Chaklala in Rawalpindi

A passenger plane has reportedly crashed near Koral Chowk, Rawalpindi.

A plane carrying 121 passengers has crashed in bad weather near Rawalpindi, aviation officials said.

Bhoja Airline flight B-4213 was flying from Karachi to Islamabad when it crashed 10-15km away from the runway of Islamabad airport, near Chaklala airbase.

The aircraft was scheduled to leave Karachi airport at 17:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and due to arrive at 19:00 (14:00 GMT).

Witnesses said that flame could be seen rising from the crash site and fire has reportedly engulfed several buildings.

Dead bodies are lying all around after jet goes down while landing, a witness said.

Police officials said emergency teams were on their way to the crash site.