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PIA-2006-07 ACCDT F27
FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1954. NATIONAL FLAG CARRIER. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
QUAID-E-AZAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1
KARACHI 75200, PAKISTAN
Pakistan (Islamic Republic of Pakistan) was established in 1947, it covers an area of 796,095 sq km, its population is 144 million, its capital city is Islamabad, and its official languages are Urdu and English.
SEPTEMBER 1992: ACCDT: PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA) A300B4-203 CRASHED WHEN IT DESCENDED TOO EARLY AT KATHMANDU, NEPAL = ALL 12 (FC)-(CA)/155 PASSENGERS FATALITIES.
APRIL 1993: THE GOVERNMENT OWNS 56%.
MAIN BASE/HUBS: ISLAMABAD AIRPORT, LAHORE AIRPORT, KARACHI AIRPORT, & PESHAWAR AIRPORT.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992 = +$40 MILLION (NET PROFIT): +14.6% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +11.8% PASSENGERS (PAX), +7.3% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
737-300, (L/N 1114), 8 YEARS, "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
JANUARY 1994: 1993 = +$10 MILLION. LAST 6 MONTHS: -0.7% PASSENGERS (PAX).
20,405 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,688 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1,002 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
DECEMBER 1996: LOOKING TO PRIVATIZE BEFORE THE END OF 1997.
1996 = 6.574 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (#44 HIGHEST IN THE WORLD).
TO CHICAGO (ORD) (747P, 402 PAX & 747C, 272 PAX) & TO WASHINGTON DC (A300, 181 PAX).
15 ORDERS N-250'S, 76 PAX.
JANUARY 1997: SALAM KHAN, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE REPLACES S ZAMAN, WHO RETIRED.
1 A300B4-200 (204), EX-(APO).
MARCH 1997: TO RETIRE 707 FLEET IN 1997.
SALAM KHAN, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
PAKISTAN ONLY RECEIVES CATEGORY 2 CONDITIONAL (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT AND MUST IMPLEMENT CORRECTIVE MEASURES TO MEET STANDARDS FOR FLIGHTS INTO USA.
APRIL 1997: 20,977 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,893 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 955 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
LOOKING AT FLEET RENEWAL WITH $1 BILLION TO REPLACE 21 AGING WIDE BODIES, INCLUDING 6 (22 TO 24 YEAR OLD) 747-200'S & 2 707-320'S FREIGHTERS AND 13 F 27'S & 2 DHC-300 TWIN OTTERS. NEED EX/IM BANK SUPPORT.
MAY 1997: SHAHID KHAQAN ABBASI, CHAIRMAN, 38 YEAR OLD, PILOT (FC), M SC, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, USA.
JULY 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = -$108.6 MILLION (+$10 MILLION).
OCTOBER 1997: 21,707 EMPLOYEES.
M FAZAL HAKIM, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE. LAYEEQUR RAHMAN, WHO RETIRED, REPLACED BY MOUSHTAQ QURESHI.
JANUARY 1998: IN 1998, NEW SERVICE TO JOHANNESBURG, HONG KONG, MELBOURNE, & SYDNEY.
LOCAL MEDIA SAYS +6 ORDERS 747-400'S.
APRIL 1998: 20,977 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,893 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 955 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 1998: 1997 TOP WORLD AIRLINE COMPARISONS:
EMPLOYEES (K): 17 IND 23; 18 IBE 22; 19 SAS 22; 20 ACN 22; 21 TII 22; 22 PIA 21; 23 AIN 19; 24 ALI 19; 25 VAR 18; 26 JAL 17; 27 KAL 17; 28 ANS 17.
JANUARY 1999: LAST 18 MONTHS = +$15.2 MILLION.
4 A300B4-203'S (046; 131; 158; 161), TRANSAER (TSD) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ FEBRUARY TO APRIL 1999.
MARCH 1999: CHANGES ROUTE OF NORTH AMERICAN SERVICES, VIA SHANNON, IRELAND, TO SAVE >1 HOUR ON TRAVEL FROM NEW YORK (JFK), WASHINGTON, & TORONTO TO ISLAMABAD, KARCHI AND LAHORE.
LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) FOR 5 747-300'S (23221; 23392; 23534; 23709; 23920), EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT), FOR 2 YEARS, 3 F 50'S (20200; 20201; 20212) RETURNED TO AF&T.
APRIL 1999: ARIF ALI KHAN ABBASI, NO LONGER MANAGING DIRECTOR. NO REPLACEMENT AS YET.
18,034 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 600 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,793 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 931 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
15 YEAR CONTRACT TO OUTSOURCE AIRLINE'S INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT), TO AMR-OWNED, SABRE GROUP, FOR $180 MILLION, INCLUDING ASSISTANCE FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) SPEEDWING DIVISION.
3 747-367'S, EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT).
JUNE 1999: 1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPM) (BILLION):
39 THY 8.10; 40 EAD 8.07; 41 AIN 7.68; 42 ELA 7.55; 43 GIA 7.09; 44 PIA 6.82; 45 AMX 6.66; 46 FIN 6.66; 47 GUL 6.59; 48 ARG 6.58; 49 PAL
6.50; 50 CMA 6.41.
OCTOBER 1999: ARIF ALI ABBASI, MANAGING DIRECTOR RETURNS FOR 4TH TIME. SHAHID KHAQAN ABBASI, CHAIRMAN (& PILOT (FC)) FIRED BY GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARRAF (COUP D'ETAT LEADER), AFTER TRYING TO DENY LANDING ACCESS TO LAHORE ON FLIGHT FROM SRI LANKA.
ISLAMABAD TO MUSCAT, AND PESHAWAR TO MUSCAT, IN NOVEMBER 1999.
DECEMBER 1999: PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA) IS LOSING -$192,000/DAY, AND HAS LOST -$46.96 MILLION THROUGH OCTOBER 1999. CLOSES 5 STATIONS: OMAN, MALE, ZURICH, MANILA AND ALMATY. -4,100 EMPLOYEES TAKE VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT. GENERAL MANAGERS REDUCED FROM 110 TO 45, & DIRECTORS FROM 45 TO 9.
HAS GROUNDED 4 747'S AND 3 A310'S, DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR SPARE PARTS.
FEBRUARY 2000: 18,034 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2000: ISLAMABAD/KARACHI & LAHORE TO BIRMINGHAM.
APRIL 2000: MANCHESTER TO NEW YORK (JFK) (747-200/-300, 5X-WEEKLY), AND ONTO TORONTO. TO HONG KONG VIA ISLAMABAD AND BANGKOK (A310, 2X-WEEKLY).
17,836 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 600 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,793 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), AND 931 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 2000: A300B4-203 (204) RETURNED TO (ING) LESSOR.
JULY 2000: TO LAY OFF -900 EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF "INEFFICIENCY AND CORRUPTION." SHER AFGHAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR LATER SAID THERE WOULD BE NO LAYOFFS.
1999 = 10.87 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-.5%); 316.62 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-11.2%); 5.03 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-4.2%); 17,836 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: DROPS PLANS FOR PRIVATIZATION.
OCTOBER 2000: PLANS TO INVEST $2.5 BILLION TO UPGRADE AIRLINE OVER NEXT 5 YEARS. WILL PART OUT 2 747-200B'S PRESENTLY STORED, TO RETURN 4 OTHER 747-200B'S TO SERVICE.
INCDT: (PIA) F27-200 (10243, AP-BAL) WRITTEN OFF (W/O) AFTER LANDING GEAR PROBLEM, LANDING AT LAHORE.
NOVEMBER 2000: CASH-STRAPPED PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA), PLANS TO SELL 4 747-200'S. THE OTHER 2 HAD TO BE CANNIBALIZED, BECAUSE (PIA) DOES NOT HAVE FUNDS TO BUY SPARES, OR CARRY OUT HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECKS AND REPAIRS OUTSIDE PAKISTAN. GROUNDED 13 F27'S FOR LACK OF PARTS AND REPAIRS, WILL BE REPLACED WITH REGIONAL JETS.
DECEMBER 2000: PAKISTAN REGAINS (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT CATEGORY 1, AND IS A USA "OPEN-SKIES" PARTNER.
APRIL 2001: SIGNS "OPEN-SKIES" AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH SWITZERLAND.
LT GENERAL HAMID NAWAZ KHAN, CHAIRMAN REPLACED LT GENERAL NASIM RANA. SHER AFGAN MALIK, MANAGING DIRECTOR FIRED BY GOVERNMENT AND REPLACED WITH AHMED SAEED AWAN.
MAY 2001: INTENDS TO PRIVATIZE WITHIN 18 TO 22 MONTHS WITH SALE OF 30% TO A STRATEGIC PARTNER.
TO IMPROVE CASH FLOW, WILL SELL ITS 4 HOTELS IN KARACHI, NEW YORK, PARIS AND RIYADH (FOR $360 MILLION, WITH $130 MILLION FROM NEW YORK PROPERTY).
EXTENDS LEASE OF 5 747-300'S FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS FROM CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT). HAS OPTION TO PURCHASE AIRPLANES.
AUGUST 2001: 22,000 EMPLOYEES.
OCTOBER 2001: PLANS TO ACQUIRE 4 777'S.
JANUARY 2002: 2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC B (RPM):
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
APRIL 2002: 17,474 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: KARACHI - QUAID-E-AZAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KHI).
HUBS: ISLAMABAD - CHAKLALA AIRPORT (ISB); AND LAHORE AIRPORT (LHE).
June 2002: 6th 747-367 (24215), ex-Cathay Pacific (CAT), was in storage in Victorville, California, USA.
July 2002: 2001 = -$33 million.
August 2002: Hamid Nawaz Khan, Chairman said Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will acquire 3 777-200's and 7 turboprops in 2002 and order 2 A310-300F's and A340's in 2006. In February 2010, will phase out its 737-300's, and replace them with 737-400's and A320 family airplanes.
Will deploy sky marshals on every flight, including 50 women being trained for the job.
September 2002: Negotiating with United Airlines (UAL) for 3 777-200ER's for delivery in 2003. Did not proceed, due to problems with configuration, training, & support packages. Plans to add 2 777-200LR's in 2006 and 3 777-300ER's in 2008.
October 2002: $1.5 billion, 8 orders (February 2004) 777's: including 3 777-200ER's; 2 777-200LR's, and 3 777-300ER's.
747-367 (24215, AP-BGG), ex-Cathay Pacific (CAT).
March 2003: In April 2003, Lahore to Peshawah to Doha to Lahore to Islamabad (737-300, weekly). In May 2003, Lahore to Birmingham (A310, weekly).
April 2003: In May 2003, Chicago to Birmingham to (Lahore/Karachi).
17,472 employees. (email@example.com).
July 2003: 2002 = +$31.16 million (+$268,000): 10.78 billion (RPK) traffic (-7.5%); 68.3% LF load factor; 4.17 million passengers (PAX) (-14.6%); 346.94 million (FTK) freight traffic (-6.6%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAA) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52; 53 (AMX) 13.31; 54 (AIN) 13.25; 55 (FIN) 12.79; 56 (BER) 12.73; 57 (ELA) 12.54; 58 (TPR) 12.08; 59 (MON) 11.86; 60 (GUL) 11.84; 61 (CMA) 11.74; 62 (COR) 11.47; 63 (TAP) 11.38; 64 (LAN) 11.14; 65 (JBL) 11.01; 66 (AIJ) 11.00; 67 (PIA) 10.78; 68 (RYR) 10.20; 69 (EGP) 9.65; 70 (ARG) 9.61.
Receives OK for service to Shanghai (weekly) and may extend it to Guangzhou.
September 2003: Plans to lease (November 2003) 6 A310's (PW4000) (676; 678; 682; 686), 4 ex-Air Jamaica (JAM), 2 ex-Aeroflot (ARO) from Airbus (AFIS) for 10 years to replace its A300B4-200's.
November 2003: Plans service to Barcelona, Glasgow, Houston, and Madrid, & resume operations to Turkey, Uzbekistan, & Kazakstan (dropped in 2000, 2001), plus Damascus, Nairobi, and Tehran (dropped 1997 to 1999).
December 2003: A310-324 (682, AP-BGP), delivery.
January 2004: Resumes Kasachi to Katmandu (2x-weekly).
February 2004: In March 2004, will move its Toronto to Birmingham service to Manchester.
Will have 5% of its government-owned shares sold through the national Privatization Commission. Another 5% could be offered after the March 2004 sale.
10-year Fleet Management Program with (P&W) for 4 A310-300's (PW4152) engines, whereby Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) provides daily service & technical support, and (P&W) provides overhaul services for the engines at Eagle Services Asia Centre, Singapore.
1st 2 777-240ER's (33775, AP-BGJ; 33776, AP-BGK) deliveries.
March 2004: 3rd 777-240ER (33777, AP-BGL), delivery.
April 2004: 16,689 employees.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Pre-tax = +PKR 3.7 billion/+$65 million.
May 2004: Lahore to Houston (weekly). In June 2004, Karachi to Ras Al Khaymah (737, weekly). Karachi to Fujayrah (737, weekly).
A310-324 (686, AP-BGQ) and A310-325 (660), (AFIS) leased.
June 2004: In July 2004, resumes Karachi to Dubai to Moscow (A310, 2x-weekly). Karachi to Lahore to Athens to Milan (MXP) (A310, 2x-weekly).
July 2004: Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Thai Airways International (TII) covering optimum utilization of frequencies and code sharing.
Peshawar to Birmingham (weekly).
2 A310-325's (687, AP-BGR; 689, AP-BGS) Airbus (AFIS) leased.
September 2004: Resumes Karachi to Moscow (SVO).
Selects Boeing (TBC) & Air France Industries (AFA) for joint component services support program for 777's.
November 2004: 18,030 employees.
May 2005: Tariq Kirmani, Chairman & (CEO) replaced Ahmed Saeed, who resigned after 4 years with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
777-240LR (33782, AP-BGZ), 1st flight.
August 2005: Due to inability of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to meet increased demand, the Pakistan government opened up air routes to the USA, UK, and Scandinavia for the nation's private airlines Aero Asia (ASU), Shaheen Air (SHK) and AirBlue (ABU), who had been limited to Gulf and ASEAN destinations.
September 2005: 747-282B (21035), sold to Evergreen Sales & Leasing (EVR). 2 F27-500RF's Friendships (10630, AP-BHE; 10642, AP-BHF) deliveries.
October 2005: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will launch weekly cargo service between Karachi and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg using an A300. The airplane originates in Cologne and makes a stopover in Istanbul on the way to Pakistan.
747-217B (20929, 9L-LOR), sold to Orange Air (ORG), Jordan.
November 2005: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) signed an agreement with ATR for the purchase of 7 new ATR42-500s. The airplanes will replace (PIA)'s aging F27 fleet operated on "socio-economic" routes. The 7 firm 48-seat ATR42-500s are scheduled to be delivered from May 2006 through 2007. ATR said the contract's total value is approximately $100 million.
December 2005: (ILFC) (ILF) announced the lease of a 777-200ER to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for 10 years. The new airplane is scheduled for delivery in January 2007.
February 2006: Boeing (TBC) said that its 777-200LR received (FAA) and (EASA) certification. 1st delivery is to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) later this month. 2 777-200LR test airplanes completed 886 flight hours on 328 flights. With a maximum range of 9,420 nm/17,446 km, the Worldliner, as (TBC) has dubbed it, has taken the title of the world's longest-range commercial airplane away from the A340-500. To emphasize the jet's long legs, (TBC) flew a test airplane to a new world record last November, traveling from Hong Kong to London on an eastbound routing. The 11,664-nm/21,601-km journey was completed in 22 hours 42 minutes. The derivative was launched in June 2000 on the basis of three orders from EVA Air (EVA), but that airline deferred them following "9/11" and the manufacturer put the program on ice until (PIA) committed to two in November 2002. At roll out a year ago these were still the only orders on the books, but since then orders for 31 more have come in.
(TBC) delivered the 1st 777-240LR (33781, AP-BGY) to (PIA). The airplane, which flew from Everett to Karachi via Manchester, will begin operating nonstop Karachi to Toronto services March 3. (PIA) will take a 2nd 777-200LR in late March. It is the airplane that broke the commercial jetliner distance record on a Hong Kong to London flight last fall.
March 2006: 777-240LR (33782, AP-BGZ), delivery.
May 2006: As Pakistani flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operates scheduled services throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and to North America, including an extensive domestic network.
19,615 employees (+2.5%).
(IATA) Code: PK - 214. (ICAO) Code: PIA - (Callsign - PAKISTAN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Pakistan (directly) (87%); others (13%).
Alliances: Indian (IND); & Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA).
Main Base: Islamabad Chaklala airport (ISB).
Hubs: Karachi Quaid-e-Azam International airport (KHI); & Lahore airport (LHE).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bahawalpur; Chitral; Dera Ghazi Khan; Dera Ismail Khan; Faisalabad; Gilgit; Gwadar; Islamabad; Jacobabad; Karachi; Lahore; Mohenjo Daro; Multan; Panjgur; Pasni; Peshawar; Quetta; Rahim Yar Khan; Saidu Sharif; Skardu; Sukkur; Turbat; & Zhob.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Al Ain; Amsterdam; Bahrain; Bangkok; Beijing; Birmingham; Chicago; Colombo; Copenhagen; Dammam; Delhi; Dhaka; Doha; Dubai; Frankfurt; Glasgow; Hong Kong; Jeddah; Kabul; Kathmandu; Kuala L;umpur; Kuwait; London; Manchester; Mashad; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Oslo; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Sharjah; Singapore; Tokyo; Toronto; Tripoli; & Urumqi.
Islamabad could be the scene for construction of a new international airport by year end. According to the "Pakistan Dawn" news service, Civil Aviation Authority, Director General, Pervez Nawaz said that the design for the PKR18 billion/$300.8 million facility would be complete next month and that the land acquisition was finished. The project is expected to take three years to complete.
(PIA) selected the Sabre WiseVision Sales Essentials software to help streamline business processes and plan future operations.
June 2006: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) took delivery of its first new ATR42-500 (645, AP-BHH), part of a $100 million order for seven signed in November. It will receive the next 2 airplanes in November and December and 4 more in the 1st 5 months of 2007. They will replace (PIA)'s aging F27 fleet.
July 2006: ACCDT: In the 2nd fatal airplane crash in Asia in as many days (S7 Airlines (SBR) A310 crash), a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) F27-200 turboprop (10243, /64 AP-BAL), departing Multan en route to Lahore crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 41 passengers and four (FC)-(CA) crew on board. The 42-year-old airplane was part of (PIA)'s fleet of F27s set to be retired by the end of 2007 and replaced by 7 new ATR42-500s ordered last year. "PakTribune" reported that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered (PIA) to ground immediately its 7 F27s that are 25 to 40 years old, and are used to fly relatively remote domestic routes. It is unclear whether the grounding is permanent. (PIA) has taken delivery of 1 ATR42-500 so far, with deliveries slated to continue through 2007.
(PIA) issued a statement expressing "regret with profound grief and sorrow" over the crash and said it will launch an inquiry to determine the cause. A government investigation has been promised.
Media reports describe the plane as catching fire, descending sharply shortly after takeoff and bursting into flames on impact. Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network reported that the airplane struck an electric power line before crashing at approximately 12 noon local time.
Following the crash of 1 of its Fokker F27s, (PIA) announced it will no longer use the airplanes for passenger flights. (PIA) used half a dozen F27s mostly on less-busy domestic routes which the airline intends to operate with C-130s or 737s.
October 2006: The European Commission (EC) updated its list of airlines banned in the (EU), adding Kenya's (DAS) Air Cargo (DAC) and Uganda's Dairo Air Services (DAR), due to "the serious safety deficiencies identified in these twin airlines in the last few months," as well as Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG). The (EC) also banned all 27 companies certified in Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Air (KYR), owing to "the national control authority's inability to supervise them effectively."
68 carriers (19 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 21 from Liberia, 18 from Sierra Leone, and 10 from Swaziland) have been removed, as they ceased operating because they lost their Air Operator's Certificates (AOC)s. 8 recently created airlines in the (DRC) have been added. Air Services Comores (COM) of Comoros, previously banned outright, now is subject to operational restrictions, and will be allowed to operate services bound for Europe with an airplane recently fitted with appropriate safety equipment. The (EC) also decided to keep Phuket Air (PHK) and Air Koryo (KOY) on the list.
The (EC) and the member states' aviation safety experts examined 6 other individual cases, including Pulkovo Aviation (STG), Pakistan International Airways (PIA), Ghana's Johnsons Air (JON) and Ajet (HCY) (the former Helios Airways). The (EC) concluded that it did not consider an immediate banning measure was called for on the basis of air safety criteria, but stated that it will "be keeping a watchful eye" on those operators' implementation of the corrective action they and their respective national authorities have promised.
ATR42-500 (645, AP-BHH - see photo), delivery.
November 2006: ATR42-500 (653, AP-BHI), delivery.
December 2006: 777-340ER (33778, AP-BHV), delivery - see photo. ATR42-500 (657, AP-BHJ), delivery.
February 2007: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) posted a -PKR9.19 billion/-$150.7 million loss in 2006, Chairman, Tariq Kirmani said at a press conference in Karachi, according to news reports. Comparison to 2005's final result was not provided, but he did say that revenue rose +10% to PKR70 billion and passenger numbers climbed +5.1% to 5.7 million. (PIA)'s year was soured by the July crash of an F27 that killed all 45 (4/41) on board.
777-340ER (33779, AP-BHW "Lahore - Garden of the Mughals"), delivery.
ATR42-500 (659, AP-BHK "Hala/Shades of Ash and Azure"), delivery.
March 2007: The European Commission (EC)'s third update of its airline blacklist, features the first removal of airlines that successfully raised their safety standards and has placed new restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The removal of Thailand's Phuket Air (PHK) and (DAS) Air Cargo (DAC)/Dairo Air Services (DAR) of Kenya and Uganda, respectively, from the blacklist "shows that our list acts not only as essential protection against unsafe operations but also as a strong and effective incentive for companies who deviate from international safety norms to address their shortcomings," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.
In addition, 49 airlines included on the previous list have ceased operating either on their own volition or because they lost their air operating certificates (AOC)s. Ten carriers from Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo were added, and a partial ban on Sudan's Air West (AWT) was made total.
(PIA)'s appearance on the list, uncommon for a larger flag carrier, is a blow to an airline that suffered a fatal F27 crash and a $150 million loss in 2006. The ban extends to all (PIA) airplanes, save its six 777s. It also operates 14 A310s, nine 747s, seven 737s, three ATR 72s, two A321s and one L-1011.
Anticipating the result following the (EC)'s October revelation that it was paying close attention to (PIA)'s activities, (PIA) said late last month that the (EU)'s Air Safety (EASA) Committee "expressed its satisfaction" following consultations with (PIA) management in early February, and that its Engineering department consistently had passed semiannual (EASA) audits.
The (EC) noted that Bulgaria and Russia took the initiative to prohibit airlines registered in their respective countries, from operating into the (EU). Bulgaria banned Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Heli Air Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines from (EU) activities, while Russia barred Aero Rent, Tatarstan (TAK), Atlant Soyuz (AXX), Aviakon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russian Sky (ESL) and Utair (TYU).
777-240ER (35296, AP-BHX), (ILF) leased.
April 2007: China Southern Airlines (GUN) announced a code share arrangement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) covering (PIA)'s Islamabad - Beijing service and (GUN)'s Urumqi - Islamabad service.
ATR 42-500 (661, AP-BHL), delivery.
May 2007: ATR 42-500 (663, AP-BHO), delivery.
June 2007: ATR 42-500 (665, AP-BHP), delivery.
July 2007: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) reported a -PKR3.95 billion/-$65.4 million loss in the first quarter, widened from a -PKR3.08 billion loss in the first three months of 2006. Revenue climbed +5% to PKR17.68 billion against a +6.5% increase in costs to PKR20.18 billion. (PIA) said its -PKR2.5 billion first-quarter operating loss, compared to a -PKR2.11 billion deficit in the year-ago period, was the result of restricted revenue growth resulting from a partial operational ban implemented by the European Union (EU)and the impact of salary increases and rising airplane leasing and maintenance costs.
"Bloomberg News" reported that (PIA) will attempt to raise PKR26.5 billion in a bond sale this fall. Chairman & (CEO), Zaffar Khan told "Bloomberg" that the eight-year bonds will help repay PKR28 billion in both short- and long-term debt. Khan also said the airline intended to announce a plan to replace its 737s in "the next few days."
The European Commission (EC) published the fourth update of its "blacklist" of airlines banned from operating in the European Union (EU). The list, which takes effect immediately, now includes all 51 carriers certified in Indonesia, Angolan flag carrier (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) and Ukrainian cargo operator Volare Aviation Enterprise (VLE). In addition, 10 airlines from Russia, six from Bulgaria and eight from Moldova must cease or limit operations in the (EU) because of preventive safety measures adopted by their respective national civil aviation authorities in consultation with the (EC). Four Russian passenger carriers - - Kuban Airlines (KIL), Yakutia Airlines (SYL), Red Wings and Kavminvodyavia - - have been denied all (EU) access.
Restrictions previously imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been modified, and it now is allowed to fly to the (EU) with specific 747 and A310 airplanes, in addition to the already-authorized 777 fleet.
Both Indonesia and Angola were angered by the ban. The Indonesian government announced it is considering possible retaliation. "We regret their decision as the (EU) never gave us a chance for a dialogue. The President, [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] has asked me to look for ways to fairly retaliate against them," Transportation Minister, Jusman Syafei Djamal said in a statement cited by "Reuters." At present, no Indonesian carriers fly to the (EU), although Garuda Indonesia (GIA) planned to reintroduce Amsterdam service next year. The USA (FAA) downgraded Indonesia's safety rating in the spring.
October 2007: 7 orders (February 2009) A320-200s, Aviation Lease & Finance Co (ALAFCO) (AVF) to replace all 737-300s. ATR 42-500s are replacing Fokker airplanes.
November 2007: Pakistan International Airways (PIA) launched 2x-weekly Karachi - Sialkot flights on November 30.
The European Commission (EC) issued the sixth update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a pre-emptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises eight individual carriers including TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).
March 2008: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plans to sell eight 747s to cut costs, a spokesperson told the "Associated Press" in Karachi.
May 2008: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) concluded an "exceptionally difficult" 2007, during which it was blacklisted by the European Union (EU), with a -PKR13.4 billion/-$207.5 million loss, widened slightly from the -PKR12.76 billion loss suffered in 2006. (PIA) said it "experienced a series of financial, operational and marketing problems" and that with its "brand severely dented, [it] lost market share as well as growth in business which made the situation still more difficult." It was reinstated fully by the (EU) last November.
Full-year revenue slipped -0.2% to PKR70.48 billion, and expenses fell -5.2% to PKR66.22 billion. That improvement did not help the bottom line, however, as non-operating costs related to increased borrowing rose nearly +50%. Operating loss narrowed to -PKR5.94 billion from -PKR8.45 billion in 2006. (PIA) said it was a "late starter" on fuel hedging but endeavored to mitigate the impact of rising fuel costs by reducing utilization of its less-efficient airplanes.
(PIA) transported 5.4 million passengers last year, down -5.5%, and flew 13.68 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic, a drop of -9.5%. Load factor fell -1.1 points to 67.4% LF.
August 2008: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) 2nd quarter = net loss of -$190 million (-$57 million).
777-340ER (33780, AP-BID) delivery.
October 2008: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) posted a -PKR20.4 billion/-$249.2 million loss in the third quarter, widened from a -PKR3.15 billion deficit in the year-ago quarter, according to a stock exchange filing cited by "Bloomberg News." Revenue rose +32.6% year-over-year to PKR22.8 billion, but fuel costs doubled to PKR14 billion, and it took an additional PKR14 billion charge related to currency conversion. Its nine-month loss increased to -PKR38.4 billion from -PKR10.9 billion in year-ago period.
February 2009: The European Union (EU) and Pakistan signed an aviation agreement that removes nationality restrictions contained in previous bilateral air services agreements between 18 (EU) member states and Pakistan and thus brings them in line with (EU) law.
May 2009: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in its first quarter had a +$25 million operating profit (1st profit in six years). It had a net loss of -$26 million.
INCDT: ATR 42-500 (663, AP-BHO) on landing at Lahore airport, Pakistan ran off the side of the runway, across drainage ditches and came to rest at the edge of a parallel runway with all landing gear sheared off. All 4/43 aboard OK.
October 2009: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) lost -PKR5.38 billion/-$64.5 million in the third quarter, narrowed from a -PKR20.4 billion loss in the year-ago period, according to a stock exchange filing cited by "Bloomberg News." Revenue dropped -3.5% to PKR22 billion. (PIA) said the rupee's improved standing against the USA dollar buffeted its bottom line. Its nine-month loss of -PKR10.8 billion compared to a deficit of -PKR38.4 billion last year.
February 2010: A four-day strike at Pakistani International Airlines (PIA) reportedly ended after (PIA)'s Managing Director, Ejaz Haroon resigned. The strike was begun by pilots (FC) and supported by other workers concerned about job losses following an announcement that (PIA) would enter into a route-sharing deal with Turkish Airlines (THY). According to a report in the "Daily Times," at least 380 domestic and international flights were cancelled and 25,000 passengers stranded since the strike began on February 8. Losses were estimated at -Rs500 million/-$5.8 million per day. Flights were expected to resume.
June 2011: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is in the midst of a five-year restructuring program started in 2010 that includes 76 "strategic points" for improving (PIA) and contemplates (PIA) establishing a formal partnership with another airline.
"We have our door wide open [for a partnership]," Deputy Managing Director, Salim Sayani said. "Sales and revenues increased by +20% [year-over-year] in 2010 — our best performance in (PIA)'s history." (PIA) transported 6.2 million passengers in 2010. Average load factor rose +3.6 points year-over-year to 78.6% LF.
Asked if (PIA) is overstaffed with 22,000 employees, Sayani responded, "Human Resources (HR) restructuring is in process. We are able to manage efficiencies instead of laying off people. [Also], (PIA) is bringing in more business." He mentioned, for example, (PIA)'s growing Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) subsidiary, which now serves 40 third-party customers.
Another aspect of the restructuring program is an aggressive sales and marketing campaign aimed at doubling revenue by 2014. "Our expansion plans will be very controlled, focusing on the Middle East, Europe, and later Africa," Sayani explained. (PIA) additionally plans to spin off parts from its core business, operating the units as revenue-generating subsidiaries in the mold of its (MRO) outlet.
Sayani acknowledged the operating environment for (PIA) is complicated given the various political and security challenges faced by Pakistan. (PIA) also has been on the European Union (EU)'s safety blacklist, "but there are no restrictions anymore for us," he emphasized.
Part of countering negative perceptions about the carrier lies in "changing the attitude and culture within the company, [which is] is not easy," he said. "We have to be reborn as a customer-oriented company. (PIA) has retrained cabin crew (CA) [to be more customer-friendly], which is like getting a new staff. 50% of our Cabin Attendants (CA) crews have already gone through this training."
The domestic business is increasingly difficult owing to strong competition from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s. (PIA) holds a 30% market share in terms of capacity (ASK)s operated within Pakistan. Its total market share in Pakistan is 52% (international and domestic flying combined).
On the international front, Middle East airlines are competing hard against (PIA). "Carriers like Emirates (EAD) kill us," Sayani commented. "We need to work in the future with a strategic partner to develop a hub to compliment our point-to-point traffic. We have to decide what we want to do. Our goal is to become a 'four-star' airline. We feel we can make it."
To that end, (PIA) plans to install a new business-class (C) cabin in its long-haul airplanes featuring fully lie-flat seats. "This is in progress and we will present [the new business class (C)] in the last quarter of 2011 or early 2012," Sayani said. The investment in the business-class (C) upgrade is estimated at $20 million and will cover (PIA)'s nine 777s.
(PIA) is also in the process of deciding on replacement airplanes for its six 737-300s. "We are very close regarding making a decision between A320s or 737NGs. [An order will likely be placed] in the third quarter of 2011," Sayani stated. The plan for a new medium-haul fleet includes six replacement airplanes and 10 additional airplanes to facilitate growth.
November 2011: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in its third quarter had a -$98 million net loss or -$78 million less special items, due to its political instability, too much competition and high fuel costs. Operating costs were +20% with -1% capacity (ASM)s.
Its competition included Emirates Airline (EAD) with its expansion into Pakistan with +22% passengers compared to last year.
February 2012: Boeing (TBC) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced a firm order for five 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes. Valued at nearly $1.5 billion at list prices, the order also includes purchase rights to (PIA) for five additional 777-300ERs.
June 2012: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines has finalized an order for five additional 777-300ERs originally announced in February and at the same time has secured options for additional five airplanes of the same type. (PIA) currently already operates three 777-300ERs alongside four 777-200s and two 777-200LRs.
July 2012: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines is currently reviewing bids placed in response to a tender issued by (PIA) to dry lease four 737-800s as part of its fleet renewal plans. (PIA) also reportedly is in talks with Saudia (SVA) about possibly taking over some 747-300s from the Saudi national carrier as a stop gap solution until its five new 777-300ERs recently ordered will be delivered in 2015.
August 2012: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines has finalized a plan to acquire two used 777-200s and five 737-800s on a dry-lease basis. While the source of the 777s is not year clear, it will add five ex-Jet Airways (JPL) 737-800s (30403, 30407, 30408, 30409 and 30410) to its fleet to replace its five remaining 737-300s.
September 2012: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines has signed a wet-lease agreement with Saudia (SVA) for the upcoming Hajj charter season with the two Saudia 747-300s (23262, HZ-AIK) and (23264, HZ-AIM) expected to complement (PIA) airplanes on Hajj pilgrimage charters from Pakistan to Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED) and Madinah Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz (MED).
January 2013: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) inaugurated twice-weekly flights from Quetta (UET) on the western edge of Pakistan, to the second largest city in Afghanistan, Kandahar (KDH), on 25 December. Catering to two important trade centers in the neighboring countries, the 170 km route is now operated 2x-weekly with (PIA)’s ATR 42 configured for 48Y passengers. The Pakistani flag carrier (PIA) operates to a total of nine destinations from Quetta, which makes it the largest operator at this airport.
February 2013: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PK, based at Karachi Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah International (KHI)) is considering moving the transit stop of its 3x-weekly 777-200LR service from Karachi Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah International (KHI) via London Heathrow (LHR) to New York John F Kennedy International (JFK) from Manchester Ringway International (MAN) to Shannon International (SNN) according to a report by the "Clare Herald." (PIA) is currently not allowed by the USA authorities to operate non-stop from Pakistan to the United States and needs to stop in a third country on its outbound flights to New York. These flights currently stop in Manchester.
March 2013: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) began constructing maintenance hubs at Islamabad and Lahore to join its existing base at Karachi in a bid to extend its airplane maintenance network. The new facilities will be used to perform major checks on all airplanes in its fleet, as well as offer services to third party customers. Out of its fleet of 38 airplanes, 13 have been grounded for maintenance checks.
May 2013: INCDT: On May 24th, Royal Air Force (RRR) fighter jets were scrambled in the UK following an incident involving a Pakistan International Airlines 777 in UK airspace. According to local news reports, local police said an incident had occurred on the airplane and police and partners were responding.
The (PIA) 777 was enroute from Lahore to Manchester Airport in the UK, but was diverted in the last half-hour of the flight to London Stansted, where it landed safely, the (BBC) reported. Two men were reportedly arrested and are being held in custody. Police said they were being charged with a "criminal offence," but no suspicious items had been found.
August 2013: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) commenced operations to Barcelona (BCN) on August 1st with the launch of services from Islamabad (ISB) via Karachi (KHI). The new route, which then returns to Karachi via Islamabad, operates with weekly frequencies, operated by 777-200s.
December 2013: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PK, based at Karachi International) is considering grounding and selling off its fleet of four ex-Cathay Pacific (CAT) 747-300s. The Pakistani press says the airline's board is considering the variant's future amid concerns raised by the operations department regarding their poor fuel efficiency. An official decision on the move is expected to have been taken at the airline's board meeting on December 26. “No major check or maintenance is due on these three airplanes. Marketing and Engineering departments do not have any issues in using these airplanes for at least one more year,” the official said. Of its four 747-300s (23392, AP-BFU) and (23920, AP-BGG) are the only operational airplanes of the lot. (24215, AP-BGG) is undergoing maintenance at Karachi International, while (23534, AP-BFV) is parked.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) currently operates 33 airplanes, to 22 countries, 52 destinations on 135 routes and 93 daily flights.
January 2014: 777-340ER (33779, AP-BHW) grounded since July 2013, returned to service.
February 2014: Pratt & Whitney (PRW) has an exclusive, 3-year agreement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to maintain 12 (PW4152)s on Airbus A310s.
April 2014: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines has taken delivery of 2 A320-200s on short-term wet-lease from Holidays Czech Airlines ((IATA) Code: HCC, based at Prague). The twinjets A320-200 (2758, OK-LEF) and (3097, OK-MEJ), arrived in Karachi International last week replacing 2 737-800s (32920, TC-TJL) & (28535, TC-TJN), which were returned to Corendon Airlines ((IATA) Code: XC, based at Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen).
As part of its fleet revival strategy, (PIA) plans to induct 28 airplanes (20 A320s and 737NextGens, 4 777s and 4 ATR 72-500 airplanes) into its fleet this year. (PIA)'s current fleet of 9 777s will be refurbished for use on long-haul services to the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, and Saudi Arabia.
In terms of its business strategy, (PIA) is to be restructured with the creation of separate Strategic Business Units (SBUs). The 1st entity to be spun off will be the airline's courier service, Speedex, followed by (PIA) Catering and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) division, (PIA) Engineering.
Non-core activities are to be separated from core business to ensure profitability and efficiency.
June 2014: INCDT: Gunmen on the night of June 24th fired on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A310 as it landed at Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar, killing 1 passenger and injuring at least 2 others.
The A310, flight PK756 from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, was on final approach around 11 pm local time on June 24th, when it was fired on from the ground while still at 300 feet altitude.
Police reported between five and 12 rounds hit the A310 airplane, including at least 1 to an engine, but the airplane landed safely.
1 woman passenger was hit in the head and later died from her wounds; at least 1 flight crew (FC) member and possibly 2 others, including a flight attendant (CA), were injured in the attack.
The violence came just a couple of weeks after a group attacked Jinnah International Airport at Karachi, when 34 people were killed during an attempted airplane takeover, followed days later by an attack on security staff at the airport, and a later riot at Benazir Bhutto International in Islamabad, which resulted in tear gas use and airplane diversions to other airports.
Following the Karachi attack, an Emirates Airline (EAD) spokesperson said passenger and crew safety “was of utmost importance and will not be compromised.” Etihad (EHD) likewise cautioned it would “continue to monitor the security situation in [Pakistan].”
A320-214 (2212, AP-BLC), ex-(B-6015), (GEF) leased.
July 2014: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines needs 34 additional airplanes to adequately make up for an operational shortfall, Muhammad Ali Gardezi, the Chairman to the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said. Speaking before a parliamentary inquest, Gardezi said that of (PIA)'s 30-strong fleet of airplanes, only 19 were currently operational. He said plans to resume certain viable routes were being hampered by a lack of operational equipment.
Gardezi told the inquest, that (PIA) is in the process of acquiring Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) (Toulouse Blagnac) turboprops for use on domestic routes but had encountered difficulties in finding lessors willing to furnish (PIA) with both airplanes and pilots (FC), owing to the country's precarious security situation.
The Secretary also disclosed that 2 of 3 recently retired 737-300s (23297, 23299, and 23298) will not be sold but will instead be scrapped.
(PIA)'s fleet currently consists of 9 A310-300s, 3 A320-200s, 6 ATR 42-500s, 3 747-300s, 2 777-200LRs, 4 777-200ERs, and 3 777-300ERs.
August 2014: A320-211 (2061, JY-JAT), EX-(N261FG), Jordan Aviation leased.
September 2014: The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has presented certificates of safety and navigation standards (Air Navigation Orders (ANO) 145 and 147) to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) after (CAA) teams performed extensive audits of (PIA) Engineering & Maintenance plus (PIA) Training Center, facilities and organization.
October 2014: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PK, based at Karachi International) will phase out its last remaining 747-367 (23920, AP-BFY), from revenue service with effect from mid-November. The 747-367 will be retired upon the conclusion of (PIA)'s returned Hajj flights.
(PIA) has systemically replaced its ageing 747 fleet with newer 777-200LRs, 4 777-200ERs, and 3 777-300ERs.
(PIA), the Pakistani national carrier is 1 of the few remaining operators of the 747-300 passenger jet with MaxAir (Nigeria) (NGL), Orient Thai Airlines (OTH), Mahan Air (MHN), and Saudi Arabian Royal Flight (SRF), the others.
(PIA) currently operates 33 airplanes , serves 22 countries, to 51 destinations on 138 routes and 80 daily flights.
February 2015: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PK, based at Karachi International) has reportedly leased 2 ATR 72-500 airplanes from (ABRIC) Leasing. The 2 airplanes (994 & 1029), are currently registered as (UR-UTH & UR-UTJ) and were formerly in service with UTair-Ukraine ((IATA) Code: QU, based at Lugansk) (UTN). Both turboprops are currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks at Toulouse Francazal.
(PIA) already operates 6 ATR 42-500s on domestic services throughout Pakistan and regionally to Kabul, Muscat, and Sharjah.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Etihad Airways (EHD) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have signed a code share agreement. (EHD) will place its EY code on (PIA) flights between Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Abu Dhabi. (PIA)’s PK code will be placed on (EHD)’s flights between Abu Dhabi and Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. The code share begins July 27.
News Item A-2: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines will dry lease 3 777-2Q8ERs from Dutch firm AerCap (DEA) following a tender floated in May of this year. According to evaluation results, the airplanes are ex-Vietnam Airlines ((IATA) Code: VN, based at Hanoi) (VIE) airframes (32717, 32716, and 28688), all of which will be used to replace (PIA)'s outgoing 747-300 fleet.
August 2015: State-owned airline Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) privatization plans have been postponed until mid-2016, following what the government described as “legal obstacles in finalizing the transaction structure.”
In 2014, the Pakistan government agreed to a sell off parts of various strategic state-owned assets, including power corporations and steelmakers as well as (PIA). The move to divest corporations was a condition of a $6.7 billion loan deal with the International Monetary Fund made in 2013.
Pakistan Minister of State for Privatization Mohammad Zubair said at the time of the agreement that the sale of (PIA) would commence in mid-2015. “The process is absolutely on and financial advisers are performing their job, [working on] the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) sale,” he said.
In 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave approval for the airline to take 5 new 777 airplanes, in addition to an agreement for 13 leased Airbus A320s, of which the 5th was delivered in June 2015.
“With newer versions of fuel-efficient aircraft, the employees will have to put in extra efforts for turning around the corporation [prior to sale],” (PIA) Managing Director Shahnawaz Rehman said.
But government intervention and factional delays have pushed the timeline back 2x- already, with the original deal for a restructuring prior to a 26% (IPO) sell-off still subject to internal opposition and political wrangling.
In the meantime, (PIA) is posting continuing losses (in the 1st quarter, it lost PKR2.1 billion/$206 million taking its total losses to date to $2.1 billion).
September 2015: Pakistan has seen an increase in seat capacity over the past 12 months of just >23%.
A320-216 (2944, AP-BLZ), Asia Aviation Capital leased, ex-(9M-AFM).
January 2016: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on January 6 launched a weekly (Wednesday) service between Lahore (LHE) and Dhaka (DAC) in Bangladesh. The 1,786 km route will be operated by (PIA)’s A320s. (PIA) last flew the route back in early 2014 with A310s. No other carrier currently serves the market. This is (PIA)’s 2nd route between the 2 countries, as it already connects Karachi with Dhaka on a 2x-weekly basis.
February 2016: The government of Pakistan is planning to establish a new airline to operate alongside (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines, sources have informed "The Express Tribune" newspaper.
According to the report, Islamabad plans to have the yet-to-be-named airline up and running within 120 days. Though a wholly government-owned entity, the airline's management will be able to act autonomously. Operationally, it will wet-lease aircraft for domestic and international flights, while up to 600 staff will be recruited through 3rd-party contractors.
The carrier will operate alongside (PIA), which is now slated to be privatized by the end of July. Airline employees began a seven day-long strike in early January in protest at retrenchments that are likely to accompany the firm's partial removal from state hands.
July 2016: See attached Air Transport World (ATW) Interview - -
"PIA-2-Bernd Hildenbrand - 2016-07-A/B.jpg" under Management (below).
August 2016: A330-343E (1604, 4R-ALN), ex-(F-WWIS), Sri Lankan (LNK) wet-leased.
December 2016: News Item A-1: ACCDT: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ATR 42-500 (PW100) (663, /07 AP-BPO "Hasanabdal") en route from Chitral to Islamabad, Pakistan, crashed on a hillside near Havelian after it lost radio contact on December 7, killing all 48 people aboard.
The crash occurred at 16:42 local time. (PIA) said the ATR aircraft, was operating as flight PK661. According to Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network, the aircraft “took off from Chitral around 15:30, bound for Islamabad. At 16:09 the flight changed frequencies from Cherat to Islamabad ATC. At 16:14 the flight radioed that they had an engine problem and that they were descending. One minute later a Mayday call was issued. That was the last contact with the aircraft.”
(PIA) said that 42 passengers, 5 crew members and 1 ground engineer were on board. It said the crash site was near the small village of Saddha Batolni, near Havelian.
News Item A-2: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has temporarily grounded its remaining 10 ATR aircraft in the aftermath of the December 7 ATR 42-500 crash that killed all 48 aboard.
The ATR 42-500, operating as flight PK661, crashed on a hillside near Havelian. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority’s (PCAA) Safety Investigation Board is conducting an accident investigation assisted by ATR and Pratt & Whitney (the turboprop was powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) (PW100) engines).
In the meantime, (PCAA) has decided to conduct “shakedown tests” of (PIA)’s remaining ATR fleet, comprising 5 ATR 42-500s and 5 ATR 72-500s. “It has been decided to keep all 10 ATR aircraft grounded till they are cleared after thorough examination,” (PIA) said in a December 12 statement.
(PIA) said the (PCAA)’s tests have already started and will be aided by (PIA)’s Quality Control (QC) department.
Because of the grounding, (PIA) warned that operations will be curtailed to smaller airports in Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur, Moenjodaro, Zhob, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Chitral and Gilgit.
News Item A-3: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chairman Muhammad Azam Saigol has resigned as fallout from last week’s fatal ATR 42-500 crash continues. Saigol, who became (PIA)’s Chairman just 6 months ago, stepped down for “personal reasons,” (PIA) said, making no further comment.
The (PIA) ATR 42-500, operating as flight PK661, crashed on a hillside near Havelian during a December 7 domestic flight, killing all 48 people aboard. (PIA) announced December 12 that it would ground its remaining 10 ATR aircraft while the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) examines the turboprops. The grounding has significantly curtailed (PIA)’s domestic operations.
A probe into the crash by the (PCAA)’s Safety Investigation Board is ongoing.
January 2017: 4 737-82R (40697, TC-ACP; 40720, TC--ADP; 40725, TC-CPA; 40876, TC-ABP), ex-(1786B, 1787B), Pegasus Airlines (PGS) leased.
April 2017: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has confirmed that (CFO) Nayyar Hayat has become acting (CEO), replacing Bernd Hildenbrand, the company said April 25, when Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed visited (PIA) headquarters.
Hildenbrand became (PIA) (CEO) in early 2016.
Pakistan media "The News International" has reported that (PIA) removed Hildenbrand from his post. The government has also reportedly barred Hildenbrand, a German national, from leaving the country because of an investigation into corruption charges, which he denied.
Hildenbrand said in an April 25 email that he will give more details about the matter when he returns to the European Union (EU).
According to The News International, the Federal Investigation Agency is investigating Hildenbrand for leasing aircraft at inflated rates from SriLankan Airlines (LNK) compared to prevailing market rates and for selling a (PIA) Airbus A310 to a German museum in violation of rules and regulations.
On July 29, 2016, it was reported (PIA) signed a wet-lease agreement with SriLankan Airlines (LNK) for 3 A330s.
September 2017: Starting September 7th, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Karachi (KHI) to Bangkok (BKK) 3,724 km, 3x-weekly A320, vs Thai Airways International (TII), 7x-weekly.
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PIA-ATR 42 747-367 MAY06
0 707-323C (JT3D-3B) (719-19576, /68), EX-(AAL); RETIRED. FREIGHTER.
1 707-340C (JT3D-3B) (738-19866, /68 68-19866), (PKG) OPERATIONS, (VIP)/FREIGHTER.
1 707-340C (JT3D-3B HK) (849-20488, /70 AP-AXG), FOR SALE. FREIGHTER.
1 707-351B (JT3D-3B) (706-19635, /68 68-19635), EX-(NWA); (PKG) OPERATIONS. (VIP).
1 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (2341-25504, /92 AP-BEH "CHITRAL/MYSTERIES OF THE KALASH"), (PKG) OPERATIONS. (VIP), 49F.
3 737-340 (CFM56-3B2) (1114-23294, /85 AP-BCA "GILGIT/THE SILK ROUTE;" 1116-23295, /85 AP-BCB "MULTAN/CITY OF THE SAINTS;" 1121-23296, /85 AP-BCC; 1122-23297, /85 AP-BCD "TURBAT/ROMANTIC INTERLUDES;" 1123-23298, /85 AP-BFT "BAHAWALPUR/THE SPLENDOUR AND MAJESTY;" 1235-23299, /86 AB-BCF "SUKKUR/DATE DELIGHTS BY THE RIVER"), TO BE REPLACED BY 737-85RS IN 2012-08. 23297; 23298; & 23299; TO BE SCRAPPED. 118Y.
0 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (28535, TC-TC-TJN; 32920, TC-TJL), RETURNED TO CORENDON AIRLINES.
4 737-82R (40697, TC-ACP; 40720, TC-ADP; 40725, TC-CPA; 40876, TC-ABP), EX-(1786B, 1787B), PEGASUS AIRLINES (PGS) LEASED 2017-01.
5 ORDERS 737-85R (CFM56-7B24) (749-30403, /01 VT-JNR; 1073-30407, /02 VT-JNX; 1146-30408, /02 VT-JNY; 1185-30409, /02 VT-JNZ; 1228-30410, /02 VT-JGA), (JPL) LEASED 2012-08 TO REPLACE 737-340s. WITH WINGLETS. 24C, 120Y.
2 747-217B (JT9D-7A) (225-20801, /73 AP-BCL; 226-20802, /73 AP-BCM; 244-20927, /74 AP-BCN; 247-20929, /74 AP-BCO), EX-(CPA), FOR SALE. 20927 RETIRED. 20929 SOLD TO ORANGE AIR (ORG) 2005-10. 18C, 384Y.
0 747-282B (JT9D-7A) (239-20928, /74 AP-AYV; 256-21035, /75 AP-AYW), EX-(TAP), 20928 BROKEN UP; 21035 SOLD TO (EVR) 2005-09. 18C, 384Y.
2 747-240BPC (CF6-50E2) (383-21825, /79 AP-BAK "THAR/COLOURS OF THE DESERT;" 429-22077, /80 AP-BAT "QUETTA/NATURES ORCHARD" - SEE PHOTO), FOR SALE. 38C, 30PT; 196Y.
0 747-367 (RB211-524C2) (615-23221, /85 AP-BFW "LAHORE/GARDEN OF THE MUGHALS" - - SEE PHOTO; 634-23392, /86 AP-BFU "ISLAMABAD/THE MARGALLA MAGIC;" 659-23534, /86 AP-BFV "PESHAWAR/GATEWAY TO THYE EAST;" 671-23709, /87 AP-BFX; 690-23920, /87 AP-BFY "ZIARAT/THE CITY OF FLOWERS;" 709-24215, /02 AP-BGG "KAGHAN/MOUNTAIN PARADISE"), (CAT) LEASED 5 YEARS. ALL RETIRED. 20C, 388Y.
6 ORDERS 747-400, DEFERRED:
3 777-200ER (28688; 32716; 32717), EX-(VIE) 2015-08, (DEA) LEASED.
3 777-2Q8ER (GE90-94B) (436-28688, /03 VN-A141; 518-32716, /05 AP-BMG; 541-32717, /05 VN-A150), EX-(VIE), (DEA) LEASED TO (PIA) 2015-08. 25C, 282Y.
3 777-240ER (GE90-94B) (467-33775, /04 AP-BGJ; 469-33776, /04 AP-BCK; 473-33777, /04 AP-BCL), 2004-03. 35C, 294Y.
1 777-240ER (GE90-94B) (613-35296, /07 AP-BHX - SEE PHOTO), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 35C, 294Y.
2 +1 ORDER 777-240LR WORLDLINER (GE90-110B1L) (504-33781, /05 AP-BGY; 519-33782, /05 AP-BGZ), TAXILA II LEASED 2004-03. 36F, 275Y.
5/5 ORDERS (2015-02) 777-300ER (GE90):
3 +2 ORDERS 777-340ER (GE90-115BL2) (601-33778, /06 AP-BHV "THAR"/COLOURS OF THE DESERT" - SEE PHOTO; 611-33779, /07AP-BHW "LAHORE/GARDEN OF THE MUGHALS;" 705-33780, /08 AP-BID), 35C, 294Y.
0 A300B4-203 (CF6-50C2) (064, /79 AP-BBM; 096, /79 AP-BAX, 098, /79 AP-BAY; 099, /80 AP-BAZ "CITY OF RAWALPINDI;" 114, /80 AP-BBA; 144, /84 AP-BBV; 146, /81 AP-BEY; 268, /83 AP-BCJ; 269, /83 AP-BEL), 204 RETURNED (ING) 2000-05. 268 WFU. 114 W/O 2004-03. ALL WFU AT KARACHI, 096; & 098 FOR (FLM); 099 BROKEN UP; 144; 146; 269; FOR (MHK) 2006-04. 24C, 222Y.
6 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (585, /91 AP-BDZ "HYDERABAD/CITY OF PERFUMES;" 587, /91 AP-BEB ; 590, /91 AP-BEC "NOWSHERA/DEFENDERS OF THE LAND;" 653, /92 AP-BEG "GILGIT/THE SILK ROUTE;" 656, /93 AP-BEQ; 691, 94 AP-BEU "PESHAWAR/GATEWAY TO THE EAST"), 12C, 172Y.
4 A310-324 (PW4152) (676, /03 AP-BGN "TAXILA/THE EXQUISITE GHANDHARA;" 678, /93 AP-BGO "GWADAR/THE NEW PORT CITY;" 682, /03 AP-BGP "MURREE/SIGNS OF THE PINES;" 686, /04 AP-BGQ; 689, /93 AP-BGS "ZIARAT/THE CITY OF FLOWERS"), EX-(JAM), 2 EX-(ARO), 686 RETURNED 2004-05. (AFIS) 10 YEAR LEASED. 18C, 187Y.
3 A310-325ET (PW4156A) (660, /93 AP-BGQ "SIALKOT/THE DILIGENCE OF INDUSTRY;" 687, /93 AP-BQR; 689, /93 AP-BGS "MOHENJODARO/INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION"), (AFIS) LEASED 2004-07. 18C, 172Y.
1 +6 ORDERS A320-200, (ALAFCO) (AVF) LEASED, TO REPLACE 737-300S, 146 PAX:
2 A320-200 (2758, OK-LEF; 3097, OK-MEJ), HOLIDAY CZECH AIRLINES LEASED 2014-04.
1 A320-211 (2061, JY-JAT), EX-(N261FG), JORDAN AVIATION LEASED 2014-08.
1 A320-214 (2212, AP-BLC), EX-(B-6015), (GEF) LEASED 2014-06.
1 A320-216 (2944, AP-BLZ), ASIA AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED, EX-(9M-AFM) 2015-09.
3 A330-343E (TRENT) (1604, 4R-ALN), EX-(F-WWIS), (LNK) WET-LEASED 2016-08.
00 F27-200 (DART 532-7) (10278, /65 AP-ATU; 10307, /66 AP-AUR; 10243, /64 AP-BAL, W/O & DESTROYED 2006-07; 10230, /63 AP-BAO; 10289, /65 AP-BCT; 10305, /66 AP-BCZ; 10292, /66 AP-BDB; 10253, /64 AP-BDQ; 10134, /59 AP-BDR; 10133, /59 AP-BDS), 10243 W/0 2000-10, 10170 PARTED OUT 2002-01. ALL GROUNDED 2006-07, & TO BE REPLACED WITH RJ'S. 44Y.
0 F27-400 (DART 532-7) (10187, /61 AP-ALW), GROUNDED. 44Y.
2 F27-500RF (10630, AP-BHE; 10642, AP-BHF), 2005-09. FREIGHTER.
2 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (726, /80 AP-BCG; 768, /81 AP-BCH), +7 ORDERS. 19Y.
6 ATR42-500 (PW100) (645, /06 AP-BHH, "GWADA"THE NEW PORT CITY" - SEE PHOTO; 653, /05 AP-BHI "ZIARAT/THE CITY OF FLOWERS;' 657, /06 AP-BHJ "MOHENJODARO/INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION;" 659, /07 AP-BHM "HALA/SHADES OF AZURE AND AZURE;" 661, /07 AP-BHN "CHITRAL/MYSTERIES OF THE KALASH;" 663, /07 AP-BHO "HASANABDAL - THE GURDWARA GLORY - - SEE INCDT - - MAY 2009 & CRASH 2016-12; 665, /07 AP-BHP "GILGIT/THE SILK ROUTE"), 48Y.
2 ATR72-500 (994, UR-UTH; 1029, UR-UTJ), EX-UTAIR UKRAINE (UTN).
15 ORDERS N-250 TURBOPROPS, 76 PAX, DEFERRED:
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PIA-7-CHIEF ENGINEER MOC - 2013-12
MUHAMMAD AZAM SAIGOL, CHAIRMAN APPOINTED 2016-06, RESIGNED 2016-12.
AHMED MUKHTAR, CHAIRMAN, REPLACED 2016-06.
NAYYAR HAYAT, ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2017-04).
SHAHNAWAZ REHMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MUHAMMAD JUNAID, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
SALIM SAYANI, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR.
BERND HILDENBRAND, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO), EX-(DLH).
ARIF MAJEED, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
KALEEM MALIK, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR FINANCE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
FAROOQ SHAH, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATION.
AVM NIAZ HUSSAIN, DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OPERATIONS/D E (KHIMZPK)
CAPTAIN SHUJA NAQVI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (KHIOMPK).
RASHEED HASAN, DIRECTOR CORPORATE PLANNING.
KAMRAN HASSAN, DIRECTOR MARKETING.
CAPTAIN NASIR JUNEDI, CHIEF PILOT CORPORATE SAFETY (KHIOFPK)
CAPTAIN PERVEZ SAEED, CHIEF PILOT TECHNICAL.
CAPTAIN ZAHID MAHMOOD, CHIEF PILOT STANDARDS.
CAPTAIN I SAEED, CHIEF PILOT 707.
CAPTAIN ANWAR ADILI, CHIEF PILOT 737.
CAPTAIN ZIAUL ISLAM, CHIEF PILOT 747.
UMAR GHAFOOR, DIRECTOR FLIGHT SERVICES.
MUKHTAR QAZI, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (KHIMZPK).
MUSTAFA ANSARI, DIRECTOR SPECIAL PROJECTS.
WASIM BARI, DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATION.
ANWAAR RASUL KHAN, DIRECTOR GENERAL SERVICES.
NADEEM IKRAM, DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
SYED JAVED RAZA, DIRECTOR PRECISION ENGINEERING.
AMIR ALI, CHIEF ENGINEER, MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CENTER (MOC).
MUSHTAQ ALI QURESHI, HEAD MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING,
I KORESHI, SENIOR GENERAL MANAGER OVERHAUL & BASE MAINTENANCE.
SHEIKH AFTAB, GENERAL MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.