RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) has determined so as to add eight new narrow-body plane to its fleet on dry lease.
The plane with seating capability of 170-plus (all financial system with comfortable divider after two rows) are anticipated to be delivered from January to December 2021.
The PIA administration has sought bids from totally different events by January 11 subsequent 12 months for buying the eight plane on dry lease, which suggests the airline would solely purchase the plane with out flight crew.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan stated the airline was trying to enhance and modernise its fleet.
The spokesman stated new plane would exchange a number of the older planes within the fleet. He added it was a part of the marketing strategy PIA had been engaged on for the previous two years which obtained pushed again as a result of lowered demand owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Indicators settlement to function direct and every day devoted cargo flights to China
In keeping with the data accessible on the PIA web site, the airline’s fleet contains 37 plane — seven Boeing 777s, 9 Airbus-320s and 21 ATRs.
PIA’s Chief Govt Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik had stated that 12 new plane will probably be added to the airline’s fleet by 2023. With the induction of the brand new plane the PIA’s fleet would go as much as 45 by 2023.
In the meantime, the PIA and Oriental Sky Aviation Ltd signed a landmark cargo constitution settlement on Wednesday, paving the way in which for direct and every day cargo flights between Pakistan and China.
The PIA spokesman stated that the instrument of settlement was signed by PIA’s common supervisor for charters and MD of Oriental Sky Aviation on the PIA workplaces.
PIA’s CEO Air Marshal Malik and Chief Business Officer Ali Tahir Qasim additionally attended the signing ceremony.
As per the settlement, PIA will function seven weekly flights to Urumqi (China), with 4 flights every week originating from Islamabad and three flights from Lahore. It is going to be one among its sort operations as PIA has by no means operated every day cargo flights on this sector.
The nationwide airline will probably be utilizing its Airbus A320s for the stated operations.
When contacted, the PIA spokesperson stated that in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, airways throughout the globe had seen unprecedented surge in demand for air cargo and lots of airways had been changing their passenger planes to cargo freighters to make the most of this example.
“PIA is also aggressively pursuing this path and we are evaluating and on a lookout for opportunities to operate dedicated cargo flights to a number of sectors, specifically on China and Central Asian routes.”
PIA is already working passenger and cargo charters to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and Xi’an in China for various prospects.
Talking on the signing ceremony, Air Marshal Malik praised his industrial group for initiatives to reinforce the prevailing income. He thanked the MD of Oriental Sky Aviation for his patronage of PIA.
He stated with a every day connection, commerce and commerce between the 2 nations in post-Covid situation can be enormously facilitated and would assist in normalcy after maybe essentially the most devastating 12 months for industrial aviation worldwide.
Printed in Daybreak, December third, 2020