PIA to expand fleet by end of 2015

Fleet strength to increase, average age of aircraft to reduce


APP November 30, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem said the fleet strength of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was being raised to expand its flight operation.

“15 aircraft have already been added to the existing fleet of 37 and with five more by the end of this year - the total strength would be 42,” said Azeem.

“Revival of the airline was Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s vision, entrusted to me,” he said.

“Given PM’s directive, an aviation policy is being formulated, after a lapse of 15 years, which will exempt the investment in the sector from being taxed. Only revenue will be taxed.

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“A professional board has been constituted for the first time and competent people hired,” he said, noting “over 300 employees holding fake degrees have been terminated.

“The average age of an operational aircraft has been reduced to nine years from 14 and will be further decreased to six.”

“Wi-Fi would be available on board and quality services will be ensured at the airport.

“Airports will have fog lights installations, working in a 50-meter radius even in zero visibility, to ensure smooth flight operations in extreme weather conditions.”

With regards to the rift with Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (Palpa), Azeem said it should be working towards PIA’s progress rather than halting flight operations.

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“Government is willing to address their concerns as long as they perform their duties responsibly,” he said. “Salaries of Grade I to IV had been increased by around 55% despite the airline’s financial problems.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st,  2015.

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COMMENTS (10)

Muzaffar. | 5 years ago | Reply PIA.........Please, to compete and keep passengers happy, like EMIRATES, QATAR, and ETIHAD airlines, who are ALSO Muslims. If you could only add an open bar and drinks, Only on International flights, then see the difference. People will forget about wi-fi, seats etc: Please not that there are thousands of non-Muslim potential customers too. Cheers !
Shehryar | 5 years ago | Reply @Naveed Next time take the time to actually look up the fares. I ISB to LHR on PIA costs 89k direct. (Return) PEW to DXB to LHR costs 100k with a stopover. (Return) Now someone has to convince me to pay 11k more to fly with a flight that has a 5-6 hour or more stop and a change in aeroplane.
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