It seems that in 2004, a Pakistan International Airlines Fokker Friendship had overshot the runway on landing and, two years on, was still bogged in the wheatfields that surrounded the airfield.
Of course, few Chitrali had ever been inside a plane, airborne or otherwise, with ticket prices being what they - are or perhaps with PIA's ropey reputation, as evidenced right there in the bog.
So an enterprising local claimed the abandoned hulk, hired a local beauty to play stewardess and set up a travel agency by the plane's door, issuing entry tickets to the cab at 25 rupees, about 60c - or double that if "passengers" wanted an "in-flight" pakora.
The local nabob, Siraj ul-Mulk, who told me this tale, himself a retired PIA chief pilot, mused that the would-be aviation baron had probably turned more profit from the Fokker than PIA ever had, and without maintenance overheads. Such has been the rush into
Inspired by the success of Ryanair, easyJet and
The most successful of these,
Also a self-promoter like Branson, Fernandes launched Air Asia just two months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when few wanted to fly. Seven years and myriad 1 ringgit (32c) fare offers later, it's grown to be about three-quarters the size of state-owned Malaysia Airlines System and is much more fun to fly. Air Asia is expected to best