Pakistan International Airlines flying three outdated jumbos

Out of the three jumbo jets, two are 25 years old while the third was partially damaged during a terrorist attack on Karachi airport.

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Published: Thu 31 Jul 2014, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:11 AM

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has not been able to ground its three ‘outdated’ jumbo planes despite receiving recommendations by its engineering department to do so as it faces an acute of shortage of aircraft, said acting airline chairman Mohammed Ali Gardezi.

Briefing a parliamentary panel regarding the lease termination of outdated aircraft, Gardezi said out of the three jumbo jets, two are 25 years old while the third was partially damaged during a terrorist attack on Karachi airport. He added that the damaged aircraft was repaired and it is now airworthy.

Responding to the concerns of parliamentarians, Gardezi said PIA would ultimately sell all these three aircraft and is interested in acquiring five ATRs for indigenous routes. Ideally, PIA should have a minimum fleet of 34 aircraft, but currently there are only 19 airworthy planes.

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