PIA Could Get Five New 787 Dreamliners from Boeing

Pakistan International Airlines, which is making all possible efforts to revive its lost glory, may get five new 787 Dreamliners from Boeing, a letter written by Boeing company to Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, hinted.

President and CEO of Boeing, in a letter sent to Pakistan high-ups just last week, said that Boeing is interested in converting PIA’s existing lease agreement for five 777-300ERs into Boeing’s latest aircraft 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing invited Pakistani government to explore opportunities for getting the latest 787 Dreamliner jets, which are hailed as one of the most fuel-efficient ones around.

Boeing said that it could work with PIA to ensure smooth transition and adoption of the new airliners in Pakistan.

Pakistan International Airline recently introduced PIA Premier service with enhanced value addition for passengers on three Airbus 330-300 jets. The service, which received positive reviews could be a start to the revival of the national carrier.

Pakistan currently has plentiful of routes that have been abandoned due to incapacity of planes.

Boeing said that with 787 Dreamliner, PIA could revive its long-haul flights with superior services and unmatched experience throughout Asia and Europe.

Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size widebody plane that comes with up to 335 passenger capacity.

787 Dreamliner’s distinguishing features include mostly electrical flight systems and less-noisy engines. Any pilot with Boeing 777 experience can also operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Here’s the copy of Boeing’s letter to PM Nawaz Sharif.

Boeing_PIA letter


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  • If seating capacity is as they mentioned of 335, then it means it will be 787-10 with 11900 KM Range, and not 787-8 with range matching that of 777-300ER, that being approx 13500KM.
    So Islamabad-Toronto route will be very hard to achieve for it’s distance is nearly 11,000KM, and Aircraft must have fuel reserves in case of holding pattern at time of landing.
    On other hand, where Airbus A330-300 were mainly deployed for London-islamabad/lahore route, have almost same range of 11,500 KM fully loaded, means Canada-Pakistan route can be effected.

    Better would be, getting 787-8 with lesser seating capacity and longer range, as when compared to Goliath engines of 777, 787 costs nearly 10$ less per nautical mile in terms of fuel consumption.

    Only issue, new cockpit controls to learn, new engines to work on (Ge-Nx), and missed sound of GE-90 Engines.

  • We need to put all efforts to revive PIA, government must respond to this letter and instead of 5 do a contract for 10 planes to bring PIA as father Airline of Emirates, Qatar etc where PIA has given them a chance to bring up. Show the world that we can do somehting really incredible.

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