The Board of Directors of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to induct 10 narrow body new generation aircraft on a priority basis.
According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of PIA, advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem and PIA’s newly constituted Board of Directors have critically analysed passenger traffic over the last five years and the projected figures from International Air Transport Association (IATA) and local aviation advisers, and have decided to induct the new generation aircraft urgently.
According to the management, the step will facilitate domestic flights that have been put into jeopardy for a very long time due to non-availability of narrow body aircraft, and will bring down fuel costs by 28 – 30%.
They will also help improve the flight schedule of the airline. PIA plans to increase the frequency of its profitable routes while loss making routes will be reviewed and would be closed if need arises.
Azeem has said that all efforts are being made for the revival of the Pakistan International Airlines and the biggest challenge is to make it a profitable airline.
He said that the all efforts were being made for the revival of the airline in order to put it on a path of recovery within the next six months on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Economic Coordination Committee in the first phase has approved a bailout package of Rs7 billion for the National Flag Carrier last week.
The newly constituted PIA Board of Directors have decided not to take any perks and privileges from the airline such as pay or free travel for employees and family members, a statement said.
Chairperson PIA Aslam Khalique has also announced that he would not draw any salary as the chairperson.
Azeem has said that the process of change had started in PIA, and that corruption, mismanagement, politics and nepotism would be rooted out.
He said that together with the highly skilled Board of Directors and the experienced and dedicated workforce of the national carrier, PIA would once again achieve new heights and the results of positive change will be visible in the near future.
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