PIA has now additional engineering capacity to perform ‘A’ check on Airbus A320 aircraft at Islamabad’s airport. The facility was previously only available at Karachi engineering base. To commemorate this milestone a ceremony was held at Islamabad Airport. PIA President and CEO Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan, and advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan was also present on the occasion.
As part of PIA plans to save costs and time that is spent on aircraft movement to Karachi the airline will now have the facility to perform ‘A’ checks on its Airbus A320 fleet at Islamabad airport. At the same time, ‘A’ check could be performed on airline’s widebody fleet at Lahore airport.
Sardar Mehtab Ahmed spent most of his time praising Chief Technical Officer PIA, Amir Ali. He said that PIA Engineering Division has earned more than PKR 1 billion in a year’s time by providing ‘A’ check to aircraft of other airlines. He said that this engineering capability enhancing program is part of PIA’s five-year business plan, to reduce losses.
He said that the airline’s restructuring is in the process which is line with federal cabinet’s approval to separate airline’s core from non-core activities. PIA is also in the process to acquire Wide Body aircraft on Dry lease rather than having aircraft on wet lease.
Mehtab Abbasi also inspected the A320 aircraft and directed the officials to maintain the cleanliness of aircraft cabin and seats and to provide best services to the passengers.
While appreciating the performance of engineering personnel, he said that the division’s target is to earn nearly PKR 1.4 Billion during 2017- 2018 and this shows their commitment and dedication for the betterment of the airline. He said that the officers and staff of engineering division will be offered incentive packages.
President and CEO PIA, Musharraf Rasool Cyan said that “PIA engineering within a short span of time acquired the capability at Islamabad and soon will have the same at Lahore.”
The ceremony was also attended by Chairman PIA, Irfan Ellahi and senior officials of PIA and Civil Aviation Authority.