The national air carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has restored A320 aircraft to its fleet. Following the revival of grounded Boeing 777 aircraft, now PIA has added A320 to its fleet.
According to the PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar, this is the second grounded aircraft of PIA that has been restored and made operational.
Boeing 777 was grounded for almost 1.5 years before in this June it was restored and declared fit to fly after repairs. As for the A320 aircraft, it was grounded in May 2018 and now on the directive of PIA’s chief executive Air Marshal Arshad Malik it is being made operational.
Tajwar said, “Now the airline is left with no grounded aircraft except the ones undergoing mandatory routine maintenance checks.”
“The PIA didn’t go for acquisition of aircraft on the wet lease as per previous practice despite an increased number of pilgrims to more than 80,000 this year. It will definitely go in significant cost savings for the airline.”
The test flight of the aircraft was conducted safely and soundly. Now it will be operational and it will fly routine flights locally first and then globally as well.