KARACHI: PIA received delivery of its third A320 aircraft acquired on long term Dry Lease from General Electric (GECAS). The aircraft landed at Islamabad International Airport on Thursday afternoon.
PIA is in the process of acquiring new generation fuel-efficient aircraft in its fleet. A simple ceremony was held at Islamabad airport on the arrival of the A320 aircraft.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem while sharing his views on the occasion said that our aim is the revival and restructuring of PIA; as per the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The induction of latest technology fuel efficient aircraft is part of the revival strategy.
Azeem said that this A320 aircraft would be put into operation immediately. He introduced the new chairman PIA Nasser Jaffer to the Media.
Talking to the media, Chairman PIA Nasser Jaffer said that with the induction of these latest technology fuel efficient aircraft, the airline would be in a better position to offer services to its passengers, improve the flight schedule of the airline and at the same time benefit PIA in terms of fuel savings which is a major cost factor for the airline.
He said that the PIA plans to induct another 10 narrow body aircraft on dry lease and 5 ATR 72 aircraft induction are also planned for being part of PIA fleet till the January 2015.
He said that with the inclusion of new generation aircraft in PIA fleet, the airline would be able to restore its flights frequencies and introduce new destinations for the convenience of our passengers.
Chairman PIA said that he had full confidence in PIA employees and hoped that with the collective efforts of airline’s employees and the support of Government of Pakistan PIA would soon be able to bring efficiency and on time performance.