The national air carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has revamped and has added another Boeing 777 aircraft to its fleet. So now the total number of operational PIA aircraft is 31.
According to the PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar, there was a Boeing 777 with a registration number BHV that was completely neglected. It was abandoned for over a year and a half ago. Now it has been repaired, overhauled by the engineering and maintenance team. And the aircraft has been restored.
There was a test flight that was conducted on the restored aircraft from Karachi to Islamabad and vice versa.
After the PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik assumed the charge in November 2018, he directed the engineering team to revamp the aircraft and make it operational so that revenue can be generated through it.
Now that BHV is included in the fleet, the total number of operational Boeing 777 has been increased to 12. This would be advantageous in the upcoming Hajj season.
Tajwar said, “The aircraft was being cannibalized. It was abandoned and its parts were used in the maintenance of other aircraft. The current management undertook this task as a challenge and repaired it.”
The PIA’s own engineers repaired the aircraft while parts of it were imported.
Out of the total 31 aircraft, 25 are operational while others go for routine checking.
Tajwar said, “The current management is also working on an A320 and an ATR. After maintenance of the two aircraft, we will increase the number of operational aircraft to 27.”
He said, “The Boeing 777 was grounded somewhere around January 2018 and after that, almost four managements changed and yet no one took notice, therefore, the entire credit of overhaul of this airplane goes to the present management.”