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PIA inducts new Airbus A320 aircraft in its fleet

The plane arrived in Islamabad as part of PIA’s fleet replacement program. Source: PIA.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has inducted an Airbus A320 in its fleet, spokesperson of the airline said.

The spokesperson of the airline said that the plane arrived in Islamabad as part of PIA’s fleet replacement program to provide better and more comfortable travel experience to its customers. He said that PIA has secured two planes through tender and the second one will arrive in Pakistan in the coming days.

It was earlier reported the national airline has decided to acquire two new airplanes on lease. The aircrafts, five years old, have been obtained through a tender. The second plane will reach Pakistan within this week as wel’

“Because of Covid, we were not able to acquire new airplanes in the last two years,” the spokesperson pointed out, adding that the new planes with replace the old aircrafts in PIA’s fleet.

The airline’s CEO has credited his team’s efforts and hardwork for the development. “The aim is to improve product & provide enhanced travel services to our worthy guests,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the first chartered commercial flight by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) landed at Kabul Airport on Monday after the new interim setup in Afghanistan.

The PIA crew took foreign journalists to Kabul and returned with a team of the World Bank and international media organizations. This was the first international passenger flight after the Taliban took control of the control last month.

The Boeing 777 with the flight number PK-6429 departed from Islamabad, Pakistan, as a commercial flight chartered by the World Bank, carrying officials from the bank and journalists. The aircraft later returned to Islamabad.

In a statement, Chief Executive Officer PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik said the objective of the flight is to promote goodwill between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said this flight operation is very important for PIA and the entire world. The PIA CEO expressed hope that the flight operation would soon be fully restored.

Around 70 people were on the flight to Islamabad, mostly Afghans who were relatives of staffers with international organisations such as the World Bank, according to airport ground staff.