PIA chief has a revamp plan

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chairman, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Rao Qamar Suleman on Monday said that comprehensive business plan had been drafted and submitted to the PM for approval to make it profitable. He said this while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Defense and Production here at the Parliament House.
The summary of the plan had been submitted to the prime minister for approval, adding that he hoped that after PM’s approval it would surely bring it out from deficit, he stated.
The committee members complained to the PIA chairman with regards to the misbehaviour of the PIA staff with the passengers.
The PIA chairman briefed the committee that twenty to twenty-five years earlier the PIA staff had had exemplary behaviour with the passengers while performing their duty. However, as the time has passed, the people have negative remarks about the PIA staff upon their performance, he reiterated.
“We are trying to improve the performance of the PIA and therefore, we are working on a large scale to provide better facilities as per the international standard”, he added. He further briefed that the airhostesses had been advised to keep smiling and be pleasant while serving the passengers.
Rao Suleman informed the committee that PIA’s fleet had old and ‘over-aged’ airplanes and that they needed massive amounts of money for the repair work, and therefore PIA needed small aircrafts in its fleet for short routes he asserted. Moreover, he claimed that PIA has made arrangements of 737 (800) aircrafts and 777 (2) airplanes to buy on lease.

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  1. wahab said:

    but whats the plan to make the airline profitable? some one tell me the plan

  2. Athar Khan said:

    PIA's biggest problem is over staffing and trade unions. Without addressing these, adding new aircraft will make no difference. Let us have no false hopes. PIA needs to be privatised at the earliest. Nothing less can cure it.

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