Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved the purchase of additional aircraft for the existing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) fleet.
According to a press release issued by the airline spokesman, the decision was made during a meeting of the aviation division. The Federal Minister of Aviation, Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finance, Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, the Secretary of Aviation, Shahrukh Nusrat, and the executive chief of the PIA, the Marshal of the Air, Arshad Malik, attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the head of the airline gave the prime minister a detailed briefing on the future aircraft requirements of the airline, as well as its business plan.
Prime Minister Imran gave orders to improve the airline and increase travel facilities. He directed the Ministry of Finance to cooperate with PIA for the purchase of the new aircraft.
According to Air Marshal Malik, in general 12 new aircraft will be added to the PIA fleet by 2023. In the initial stage, four aircraft will be added to the fleet by 2020.
The PIA chief said the planes will be medium-sized and will be used for internal and regional travel routes.
Thanking the prime minister for his decision, Malik said the size of the PIA fleet would increase to 45 by 2023.