Pakistan PM allows PIA to buy five new planes

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given approval for induction of five new Boeing 777 jets into the fleet of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Fri 25 Apr 2014, 11:25 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:43 PM

He has also stressed the need to make PIA a profitable entity and said all efforts should be made in this direction, with enhanced customer services, on-time flight arrivals and departures with safety being the foremost priority.

The premier directed the PIA board members to hire experienced professionals to run the national flag carrier on commercial basis, ensuring profitability and revival of its past glory.

The premier was chairing a meeting held here at the PM House to discuss the affairs of PIA.

Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant to the PM Shujaat Azeem, besides other senior officials attended the meeting.

During the meeting, it was also decided that PIA board members would discuss matters relating to the airline’s restructuring and revitalisation on a regular basis with the PM.

The premier was told that the national flag carrier was presently in the process of acquiring 11 A320 aircraft on lease with deliveries starting from June this year.

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