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PIA floats tender to acquire six planes
ZULQERNAIN TAHIR
Updated at
2013-08-04 09:18:46

LAHORE, Aug 3: The Pakistan International Airlines has floated a tender for acquiring six planes on dry lease. “We have floated a tender for acquiring six planes – Boeing and Airbus of short range – in the first phase to meet the shortage of aircraft,” PIA Deputy Managing Director (Operations) Capt Humayun Jamil on Saturday. He said the process of the acquiring the aircraft would be completed in three months. “We are following the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (Pepra) rules in the process,” he added.

Capt Jamil who has a 35 years of experience in aviation further said the flight schedule would also be revised to check delays. “At present we have to minimize delays through optimum use of existing fleet,” he said, adding right person would be posted for the right job and those who were not delivering would be dealt with strictly. Last year the PIA board had signed an agreement with a company for the purchaser of five Boeing 777 family aircraft. Under the agreement, new Boeing 777 aircraft were to be delivered in 2015 but owing to their immediate requirement, PIA had decided to acquire at least two of them (Boeing 777) as per Fleet Replacement Plan on dry lease in last September but the plan could not be
materialized.

Capt Jamil however ruled out further delay in acquiring the planes on dry lease. “As the board has already approved acquisition of at least 10 planes there will be no further delay. By November six planes will be added to the PIA fleet and after that in the second phase we will get another four,” he said. At present, PIA is facing an accumulated loss of Rs160 billion. It has 32 planes. Of them 25 are operational and the rest are on “routine maintenance” (grounded). Capt Jamil criticized those who were propagating against him and the national flag carrier. “I have experience of flying all kinds of civilian aircraft,” he said.

 

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