You might be thinking we have started publishing old stories but this is how PIA is working these days. According to the plan submitted by Nasser Jaffar and PIA German CEO Bernd Hildenbrand, PIA was supposed to add 12 news planes into its fleet. On Tuesday Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the same plane and allowed the debt-ridden airline to acquire additional aircraft. According to PIA CEO Air Marshal Malik, in the initial stage, four planes will be added to the fleet by 2020. And overall 12 new planes will be added to PIA’s fleet by 2023.
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The PIA chief also said that the planes will be “medium-sized and will be used for domestic and regional routes”. He also said that the size of PIA’s fleet would go up to 45 by 2023.
PIA financial status is precarious and with no financial data available for public it is not clear what is the status of the airline financial health. On top of that, the lofty claims and fabricated news stories pushed by a few journalists are not helping the case. Only after the financial report of the airline is released public and taxpayers who own the airline will know the reality.
According to a press release issued by the airline’s spokesperson, the decision was taken during a meeting of the aviation division. Imran Khan is the second prime minister who has taken this decision in the span of 3 years. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Aviation Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh, Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat and PIA chief executive Air Marshal Arshad Malik. Prime Minister Imran directed the finance ministry to cooperate with PIA for the purchase of the new planes.