Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Mahmood Malik, while speaking at a meeting revealed that three to five wide-body aircraft will be added to the PIA fleet by 2020.
In a meeting attended by the Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, President KCCI Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Senior Vice President Arshad Islam, Vice President Shahid Ismail, Former Presidents Haroon Agar, Shamim Ahmed Firpo , Junaid Makda and KCCI Managing Committee members, the PIA CEO said that PIA has 31 aircraft fleet out of which 29 aircraft are operational and two are on the ground.
He said that the existing fleet of PIA will be expanded. PIA A-320 aircraft has been leased. It will land in Pakistan on Nov 14th, and another aircraft will arrive in the country in December. Other than this three to five wide-body aircraft will be added to the fleet which will specifically benefit those travelers who want to take direct flights to Canada and London.
About the reduction in PIA losses, the CEO said, “The reduction in operational losses became possible only due to day-night efforts of PIA team, comprising of those officers who have been working at PIA since last many years but a lot more still needs to be done to deal with PIA’s liabilities as whatever is being earned by the airline is mostly spent on debt servicing.”
Regarding PM’s steps for PIA revival the CEO said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured that whatever is recommended by PIA will be prioritized in the larger interest of the country which has never happened before while during a Cabinet Meeting, the Prime Minister also categorically stated that any individual found in interfering in PIA’s affairs will be facing strict action.”