Pakistan Airways registered as PIA subsidiary

PIA spokesperson says the initiative would help improve service standard and image of the national flag carrier

APP February 21, 2016
Development comes over a week after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to bring the PIA at par with the Qatar Airways. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: In order to improve the service standards of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a subsidiary of the national flag carrier has been registered in the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as Pakistan Airways.

“Reference media queries, please note that Pakistan Airways has been registered as a premium service subsidiary of PIA,” PIA spokesperson Danyal Gillani said in a statement.

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“This would help improve the service standard and image of the national airline,” the spokesperson added. The national flag carrier had earlier been transformed into a limited company instead of a corporation.

The development comes over a week after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to bring the PIA at par with the Qatar Airways. “Now that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) workers’ strike has ended, we will work towards bringing it at par with Qatar Airways” the premier said while addressing Pakistani community in Qatar’s capital of Doha.

The premier’s statement came a day after scoring a victory against the unions of PIA. The Joint Action Committee of PIA Employees (JACPIAE) called off its months-long series of protests and a subsequent strike on Tuesday (February 9), after eight days, against the government’s decision to privatise the national carrier.

The strike and protest demonstrations saw cancellation of hundreds of flights, killing of two PIA employees and eight others receiving injuries during skirmishes with the security personnel.

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Once a source of pride for Pakistan, flights of the loss-making carrier are now frequently cancelled and many of its aircraft have been cannibalised to keep others flying.

PIA, one of the world’s leading airlines until the 1970s, now suffers from frequent cancellations and delays and has been involved in numerous controversies over the years, including the jailing of a drunk pilot in Britain in 2013.


Pakistani Becharay | 5 years ago | Reply Than, Every Pakistani people and hole Pakistani department are corrupt, so who purchase the Pakistan please pre planned who is a good purchaser, because your ability only for sale the hole department of Pakistan except your seats.
Dipak | 5 years ago | Reply PIA and Air India can never run in profit. The employees get too much money, too many benefits and only work if and wen you wish. This would not work. Unless all employees are FIRED and hired as temporary employees without Pension for 10 years. The only keep good people and fire others. This is te only way to run an airline,
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