Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is attempting to enhance the quantity of flights on its international routes by adding more wide-body aircraft to its fleet.
The national flag carrier will attempt to acquire three wide-body jets during Q1 of 2023, according to Abdullah Hafeez Khan, PIA’s spokesperson, and a tender will be floated in the near future.
Earlier reports suggested that Pakistan’s national flag airline was considering purchasing Airbus A-330 and Boeing 787 planes. The rumours, however, did not list the variations that PIA will purchase.
Boeing aircraft currently make up the majority of PIA’s fleet for foreign flight operations. It possesses 13 Boeing aircraft, all of which are between the ages of 14 and 18. The 13 Boeing aircraft are divided among six 777-200 ER, five 777-300 ER, and two 700-200 LR models.
Up until the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned the national flag carrier in 2020, PIA routinely employed Boeing 777s for flights to the UK and Europe.
The prohibition was put into effect following the crash of a PIA plane in Karachi and a subsequent declaration by the then-minister of federal aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, who claimed that almost 40% of PIA had false permits.
The Toronto route is currently being run by the two 700-200 LRs. The PIA has been instructed by the current aviation minister to refurbish the cabins of these aircraft.
The second Airbus A-320 aircraft joined PIA’s fleet last month. This year, the PIA has added a second A-320 aircraft to its fleet. This aircraft was purchased on a six-year dry lease.
In order to provide its clients the newest travel amenities, PIA had initially launched a tender for the purchase of four A-320s last year. The first A-320 jet was inducted earlier this year in April.
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