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Old April 23rd, 2014, 08:28 PM   #61
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PM Approves Acquisition of Five Boeing 777 Aircraft for PIA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) approval to acquire five Boeing 777 aircrafts, as he insisted on a transparent privatisation process for the ailing state enterprise.
Chairing the meeting held at prime minister’s house in Islamabad, Nawaz also gave go ahead to devise strategy to settle PIA legacy loans and empower Board of Directors to run the airline on professional basis with special emphasis towards improvement of service standards.
The meeting was also attended by finance minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to prime minister Shujat Azeem, Secretary Aviation Muhammad Ali Gerdazi, DG Civil Aviation Air Marshal (Rtd.) Muhammad Yousaf and Managing Director PIA Muhammad Junaid Yousaf.
“PIA was our national pride and its efficiency and high quality service were its hallmark. It also set examples for other airlines. It is cause for national embarrassment as its performance has deteriorated at breath-taking pace over the past decade. It is now neither efficient nor profitable. It incurred losses around Rs 183 billion. The poor service delivery and over-employment in PIAC have been grave problems. Perhaps some efforts were made to turn it around in the past, but there has been no improvement in its efficiency or profitability. Pilferage also continues unabated in PIAC,” said prime minister.
The premier further said that the government will not interfere in the privatisation of PIA and would encourage the privatisation to be carried out through competitive and transparent process without preemptive downsising.
Showing confidence on PIA’s Board of Directors, the premier said the government would extend its in full cooperation in streamlining PIA.
Nawaz was informed that the national flag carrier is presently in the process of acquiring 11 A320 aircraft on lease with deliveries starting from June 2014. With Additional 05 Boeing 777 aircraft, PIA will be in a better position to offer enhanced services to its passengers, increase revenue, destinations, flight punctuality and reduced maintenance costs
Nawaz was also briefed about the steps that have been taken to overhaul the PIA to restore its glory. The meeting was informed that out of total 34 aircrafts, 24 are operational.
Further, SOPs adopted to reduce operational costs were dilated upon. Among these, the carrier’s fuel management SOPs were revised to optimise utilisation, helping it save Rs500 million per annum. A further Rs902 million were saved by closing loss making routes.
The meeting was also informed that 330 employees holding fake degrees were fired, while a task force has been constituted to identify more fake degree holders.
Nawaz directed the PIA board members to hire experienced professionals required to run the airline on commercial basis ensuring profitability and the revival of the past glory of the national flag carrier.
It was also decided in the meeting that PIA Board members will discuss airline matters relating to restructuring and revitalisation of PIA on a regular basis with prime minister.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 03:24 AM   #62
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Why not order some a330-300 as well they look good if not at least one A380
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Old April 24th, 2014, 04:26 AM   #63
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PM Approves Acquisition of Five Boeing 777 Aircraft for PIA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) approval to acquire five Boeing 777 aircrafts, as he insisted on a transparent privatisation process for the ailing state enterprise.
Chairing the meeting held at prime minister’s house in Islamabad, Nawaz also gave go ahead to devise strategy to settle PIA legacy loans and empower Board of Directors to run the airline on professional basis with special emphasis towards improvement of service standards.
The meeting was also attended by finance minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to prime minister Shujat Azeem, Secretary Aviation Muhammad Ali Gerdazi, DG Civil Aviation Air Marshal (Rtd.) Muhammad Yousaf and Managing Director PIA Muhammad Junaid Yousaf.
“PIA was our national pride and its efficiency and high quality service were its hallmark. It also set examples for other airlines. It is cause for national embarrassment as its performance has deteriorated at breath-taking pace over the past decade. It is now neither efficient nor profitable. It incurred losses around Rs 183 billion. The poor service delivery and over-employment in PIAC have been grave problems. Perhaps some efforts were made to turn it around in the past, but there has been no improvement in its efficiency or profitability. Pilferage also continues unabated in PIAC,” said prime minister.
The premier further said that the government will not interfere in the privatisation of PIA and would encourage the privatisation to be carried out through competitive and transparent process without preemptive downsising.
Showing confidence on PIA’s Board of Directors, the premier said the government would extend its in full cooperation in streamlining PIA.
Nawaz was informed that the national flag carrier is presently in the process of acquiring 11 A320 aircraft on lease with deliveries starting from June 2014. With Additional 05 Boeing 777 aircraft, PIA will be in a better position to offer enhanced services to its passengers, increase revenue, destinations, flight punctuality and reduced maintenance costs
Nawaz was also briefed about the steps that have been taken to overhaul the PIA to restore its glory. The meeting was informed that out of total 34 aircrafts, 24 are operational.
Further, SOPs adopted to reduce operational costs were dilated upon. Among these, the carrier’s fuel management SOPs were revised to optimise utilisation, helping it save Rs500 million per annum. A further Rs902 million were saved by closing loss making routes.
The meeting was also informed that 330 employees holding fake degrees were fired, while a task force has been constituted to identify more fake degree holders.
Nawaz directed the PIA board members to hire experienced professionals required to run the airline on commercial basis ensuring profitability and the revival of the past glory of the national flag carrier.
It was also decided in the meeting that PIA Board members will discuss airline matters relating to restructuring and revitalisation of PIA on a regular basis with prime minister.
Oooh will it be another round of B777-300ERs, or will those be the B777-200LRs? I remember PIA operates quite a number of 777s, including the B777-200ER, B777-200LR, and B777-300ER... hopefully, the airline will be able to resume flights to other parts of Asia, if not operate to new locations.

By the way, I just want to ask: how are the airline's Pakistan-North America services? And are there plans to expand its services to other parts of the US aside from New York City?
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Old April 24th, 2014, 06:28 AM   #64
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Why not order some a330-300 as well they look good if not at least one A380
No point of ordering a single a380. A330-200 was on the cards.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 03:57 PM   #65
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Oooh will it be another round of B777-300ERs, or will those be the B777-200LRs? I remember PIA operates quite a number of 777s, including the B777-200ER, B777-200LR, and B777-300ER... hopefully, the airline will be able to resume flights to other parts of Asia, if not operate to new locations.

By the way, I just want to ask: how are the airline's Pakistan-North America services? And are there plans to expand its services to other parts of the US aside from New York City?
All of them would be 77W and the current 777 family will go through interior changes.
LAX and Chicago are supposedly on the charts and toronto has been increased to 4X weekly. Flights to US stop at manchester however PAK-YYZ are non stop flights.
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I see... I wonder though if San Francisco is on their sights too, especially that it is a bit closer than LAX from Manchester? LAX though could be a popular choice, yet SFO is not far behind... and, can anyone book just the Manchester-US sector of the flight only, especially that it can be a unique service from California?
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Old April 25th, 2014, 01:41 AM   #67
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I see... I wonder though if San Francisco is on their sights too, especially that it is a bit closer than LAX from Manchester? LAX though could be a popular choice, yet SFO is not far behind... and, can anyone book just the Manchester-US sector of the flight only, especially that it can be a unique service from California?
PK planned on launching LAX/Sydney via Bangkok. You cant book a flight like that because PK flies US-Pak non stop, but you can fly Manchester-New York sector.
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No point of ordering a single a380. A330-200 was on the cards.
something is better than nothing
And secondly it will be good for hajj season
And when are they gona restart Isb -hong kong sector?
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Old April 25th, 2014, 06:15 AM   #70
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And when are they gona restart Isb -hong kong sector?
Maybe in summer when a320's are delivered.
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PK planned on launching LAX/Sydney via Bangkok. You cant book a flight like that because PK flies US-Pak non stop, but you can fly Manchester-New York sector.
Don't quote me but wasn't PK denied rights to fly direct to the United States due to security concerns? Isn't this the reason why their US bound flight goes via MAN?
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Yeah, the only reason why PK bought the 777 was that they were promised non stop flights to US. It was huge part of the deal.
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Yeah, the only reason why PK bought the 777 was that they were promised non stop flights to US. It was huge part of the deal.
If that's the case, then typically, the Manchester stop is only one-way, meaning I could book Manchester to the US, but not the other way around, true? Maybe PIA should consider Manchester-LAX or SFO both ways since the 77W may not reach both destinations direct from Karachi (unless if you're EK and you can fly those routes nonstop).
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I thought this was the case as the 77L definitely has the range to operate non-stop.
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Perhaps the 777s can also be used for services to Asia and Australia where demand is pretty high so that it can gain even more revenue... when will PIA retire its A310s?
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Perhaps the 777s can also be used for services to Asia and Australia where demand is pretty high so that it can gain even more revenue... when will PIA retire its A310s?
777's are used frequently on middle eastern and few south asian destinations. A310's wont retire any time soon. 747's will retire after Hajj 2014.
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777's are used frequently on middle eastern and few south asian destinations. A310's wont retire any time soon. 747's will retire after Hajj 2014.
The 777s are also used to Europe too... but the A310s are already running a bit old and may not be as fuel efficient as the 777s, yet the capacity is smaller that it could do trips to SE and East Asia well. Of all its destinations currently served in the Far East, which destination do you think would a 777 be most suitable to use?
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The 777s are also used to Europe too... but the A310s are already running a bit old and may not be as fuel efficient as the 777s, yet the capacity is smaller that it could do trips to SE and East Asia well. Of all its destinations currently served in the Far East, which destination do you think would a 777 be most suitable to use?
Kuala Lumpur in the peak winter and summer months? Do their Chinese flights do well?
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Of all its destinations currently served in the Far East, which destination do you think would a 777 be most suitable to use?
Eastern destinations that could be served by 777 could be Colombo, Delhi and Dhaka (already operated by 777/747/a310 mix). Far East could be Bangkok and Kaula Lumpur.
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Do their Chinese flights do well?
They do just fine, operated by a310's. PK's recently celebrated 50 years of service to Shanghai

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