KARACHI: Two Boeing 737-800 aircraft acquired by the PIA on wet lease from a Turkish operator earlier this week were put into operation on Friday, a spokesman for the national flag carrier said here.
“No other airline in Pakistan is currently using this aircraft,” it was pointed out.
The aircraft have been obtained for a period of three months and two more similar aircraft are expected to join Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) fleet in the coming weeks.
The decision of acquiring these aircraft has been taken in order to meet the immediate shortage of aircraft, which was created due to the grounding of four aged A-310 aircraft at the end of last year.
The narrow-body aircraft have a capacity of carrying 189 passengers in all-economy configuration.
“The two aircraft would operate six flights today which include PK-316 (Karachi-Lahore), PK-317 (Lahore-Karachi), PK-306 (Karachi-Lahore), PK-307 (Lahore-Karachi), PK-380 (Karachi-Multan-Islamabad) and PK-319 (Islamabad-Karachi),” it said.Â SAMAA
Story first published: 20th January 2017