KARACHI: Two more relatively new aircrafts, Boeing 737-800, were inducted into the Pakistan International Airlines fleet on Thursday, bringing to four the total of new entrants over the past 10 days.
At a press briefing, PIA chairman Mohammad Ali Gardezi said that with four newer aircraft obtained on damp lease, the revenue base of the airline would become strong and make the organisation profitable shortly.
He said that with the help of new aircraft the PIA was not only saving fuel but also improving the flight schedule, adding that the airline was also refurbishing its aircraft and new cabin crew uniforms were being introduced. He said the PIA was also in the process of inducting 10 latest technology fuel-efficient Airbus A310 and A319 aircraft, for which the board of directors had given its approval.
He said that the induction of these 10 aircraft would begin in April 2014 and conclude within 10 months.
The PIA chairman said that the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority Rules had been followed in the entire process, which had been carried out in a transparent manner.
He said that these two aircraft had been obtained on lease from Travel Services of the Republic of Czech while two aircraft inducted on Nov 21, 2013, had been obtained from Corendon Airlines of Turkey.
The PIA managing director present on the occasion said that the PIA was utilising Boeing 737 and Boeing 800 on domestic routes — Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, etc — as well as on Gulf routes such as Dubai, Kuwait, Dammam, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. He said that the airline would operate 64 domestic and 27 international flights per week with the induction of four Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
He said that PIA flights on profitable routes had been increased and flights on loss-making routes had been closed down. He said that the airline had recently stopped operating the flight to Hong Kong and would restart its operations with the induction of new aircraft in the fleet.
He said that with the induction of fuel-efficient A320 family aircraft PIA would save on fuel as well as improve flight frequencies, introduce new flights, flight timings and offer better services to its passengers.