PIA to add 12 new aircraft to its fleet by 2023

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ISLAMABAD: As part of government’s vision to cap the losses of state-owned Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the purchase of additional planes for its existing fleet, a press release issued by the airline’s spokesperson said on Wednesday.

As per the statement, the decision was taken during a meeting of the aviation division on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat and PIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik.

During the meeting, the premier was given a detailed briefing by the CEO on the future aircraft requirements of the national flag carrier as well as its business plan.

According to Malik, overall 12 new planes will be added to the airline’s fleet by 2023.

“In the initial stage, four planes will be added to the fleet by 2020,” he informed the prime minister, adding that the planes will be medium-sized and “will be used for domestic and regional routes of travel”.

Malik further disclosed that the size of PIA’s fleet will go up to 45 by 2023.

Following the briefing, Prime Minister Imran Khan gave orders for the improvement of the airline’s operations and an increase in travel facilities. He also directed the finance ministry to cooperate with PIA for the purchase of the new aircraft.

It merits a mention that at the end of the January-March 2019 quarter, PIA announced that it had come out of losses at the operational level as its revenues slightly exceeded the operating cost in the quarter that ended March 31.

“PIA has achieved breakeven at the operational level,” adviser to PIA CEO had told a private media house at the time.

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  1. The UN Security Council that is going to see the brutality of the Indian regimes led by the Modi in the occupied Kashmir witnessed by the world media and other relevant institutions needs to be taken as the priority case before it takes the whole region’s security and stability at risk and put the region into an unending series of trouble and war that will perish the whole peace talks and all efforts done.
    The Indian regimes imposed curfew for the last 23 days along with civilian causalities has challenged the World Community to have or not their powers to show for the small countries and the communities.
    A dramaturgy shown by the Indian parliament for merging the occupied Kashmir into an Indian territory is an open aggression and a vivid challenge to the UN States and their dignity.
    The UN is therefore responsible to ensure the Kashmir people their safety and security the will to have their plebiscite according to the rules of business agreed on 1948 almost betrayed by the Indian tricky games and ignored by the UN unfortunately.
    “The UN must come forward to do the needful before it is too late”
    Thus, how much bodies and massacring the world leadership need to end the killing of the masses in the occupied Kashmir that has brought the two countries to a verge of nuclear threat and destroying the regional peace.
    Will the UN and the big powers just wait for the scene to be done or do the needful before it is too late?
    The killing of the innocents in the Kashmir is a test of the UN and calls it to send its peace keeping forces there immediately.

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