Pakistan Airways registered as PIA subsidiary

Published: 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

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.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Feb 21, 2016 - 12:27PM

    Nawaz Sharif impressed a lot with Qatar Airways. So he chose Pakistan Airways name for new airline Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 21, 2016 - 12:53PM

    Now they’d overfill this “airways” with their favorites and sifarshis.

    So when they will come again into power they will then start the process

    of privatizing “Pakistan Airways” going into non stop losses by then due to over recruitment

    and incompetence.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 21, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Qatar Airways ?……….why Qatar Airways ?…….. who lives in Doha ?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 21, 2016 - 1:29PM

    As long as they can successfully sell the dead elephant, it should be good. Pakistan can make billions every year taxing the new private airline, not to mention the billions it would save from not dumping good money after bad.Recommend

  • javed
    Feb 21, 2016 - 1:57PM

    Good initiativeRecommend

  • Xia Ahmad
    Feb 21, 2016 - 2:00PM

    White collar corruption. Sell of profitable stuff and keep the rest on Tax payers money and later dispose them off cheaply.Recommend

  • yaldram
    Feb 21, 2016 - 2:03PM

    So basically it is Pakistan Airways (N)..Recommend

  • Ahmed Farooqi
    Feb 21, 2016 - 2:39PM

    Wearing a Jinnah Cap one does not become JinnahRecommend

  • Feb 21, 2016 - 2:44PM

    From one bankrupt airline to another.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 21, 2016 - 6:09PM

    Not a good decision. Get rid of PIA once and for all. Recommend

  • Feb 21, 2016 - 6:17PM

    i love PIA airlineRecommend

  • Feb 21, 2016 - 8:26PM

    Nice move. I hope government will finish this transaction as early as possible. It will bring competitiveness in airline industry. It will also help in reduction of prices for international travel. Recommend

  • Bunty
    Feb 22, 2016 - 12:19AM

    This makes no business sense to create another entity with better customer service when the original/pre-existing business fails at it. Something is really fishy and I don’t like the smell of it.Recommend

  • Ahmad Durrani
    Feb 22, 2016 - 1:39AM

    PIA must be sold and insted of subsidizing this money losing airling government should buils schools. Private sector can operate airlines better than the governmen.Recommend

  • Good augury
    Feb 22, 2016 - 8:07PM

    Probably the idea is to make the subsidiary the main airline itself and make it efficient and on the other hand get PIA pruned and profitable.Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2016 - 12:29AM

    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,Recommend

  • Pakistani Becharay
    Mar 28, 2016 - 10:09AM

    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.Recommend

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