The two Boeing 737-800 aircraft obtained by PIA on wet lease from a Turkish operator earlier this week are being put into operation from today. No other airline in Pakistan is currently using this model of aircraft.
These aircraft have been obtained for a period of three months and two more similar aircraft are expected to join PIA’s fleet in the coming weeks.
The decision of acquiring these aircraft has been taken in order to meet the immediate shortage of aircrafts, due to the grounding of four aged A-310 planes at the end of last year.
The narrow-body aircraft have a capacity of carrying 189 passengers in an all-economy configuration.
The two aircraft will be used in six flights today. These 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).