Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the purchase of 12 new planes for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The decision was taken during the aviation division’s meeting with Prime Minister yesterday.
Federal Minister for Aviation Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat and PIA chief executive Air Marshal Arshad Malik were also present at the meeting.
PIA CEO Arshad Malik briefed the Prime Minister about the airline’s business plan and its need for new aircraft.
Directing the airline to improve its facilities for passengers, PM Khan ordered the finance ministry to assist PIA for the purchase of the new planes.
The airline aims to add a total of 12 new planes to its fleet by 2023. This will take the PIA’s fleet up to 45.
“In the first phase,” Malik said, “we will acquire four planes by next year.”
He said that these planes will be medium-sized and will be used for internal and smaller international routes.