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PIA to send Boeing 777s for major refurbishments by November 2017

Pakistan International Airlines will be starting to refurbish its Boeing 777s aircrafts by November 2017 in order to provide improved service across the fleet that is currently limited only to Premier service. Pakistan’s aviation secretary and current acting chairman of PIA Irfan Illahi told this to the Senate Special Committee on Performance of Pakistan International Airlines.

The committee, under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahidullah Khan, approved the report submitted by PIA sub-committee headed by Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah and comprised Senator Farhatullah Babar and Senator Lt-Gen Abdul Qayyum (retd). The committee forwarded its report for Senate’s approval.

The committee was informed that the process to change seats of Boeing 777 will start in November; five out of nine planes have been promised to be sent to Singapore for the change of seats which will cost $42 million. It is understood that this refurbishment is going to be done by JAMCO Aero Design & Engineering (JADE) in Singapore. 

As expected the PPP Senator Saleem Mandviwalla presented a calling-attention notice on the issue of selling PIA airbus A310 to a German company in “violation” of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Rules. This issue has been raised by many and it stems from an organised campaign to implicate the PIA management into this issue. But we wonder if the PPP senator will show same enthusiasm towards irregularities and violations committed during his government?

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