Pakistan’s second largest airline Shaheen Air International is planning to lease seven Airbus A319-100s from Aercap leasing. Two of the aircrafts are former Turkish Airlines A319s that will undergo modifications with Airbus Upgrade Services. The former THY A319s were leased from ILFC with registrations TC-JUA, TC-JUB and they are just 4 and half years old.
According to airline sources the aircrafts will be wearing the new livery as well as they will be reconfigured to 150 seats in an all economy layout. Currently the aircrafts have 114 seats in economy and 12 seats in business class. The changes will feature an increased maximum take-off weight capability of 75.5 tonnes to suit forthcoming operations.
Shaheen’s 4 Airbus A330s, 31 A320s, are leased from Aercap while 1 A330, 1 Boeing 737-400 and 5 A320s are leased from ILFC. Shaheen serves 30 routes to 18 destinations with around 34 daily flights. It is the only airline to provide link to Mashhad and Guangzhou. Under the leadership of current management the airline has dramatically developed and increase and modernised its fleet.