PIA starts operation of narrow body Boeing 737 800 aircraft


ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
Friday announced to have included two narrow body and economical
Boeing 737 800 aircraft in its flying fleet.
The airlines obtained both the aircraft on wet lease basis
from a Turkish operator earlier this week and the same are being put into operation on domestic routes from Friday, an airlines press release issued here said.
“No other airline in Pakistan is currently using this aircraft.”
The aircraft have been obtained for a period of three months
and two more similar aircraft are expected to join the PIA’s flying inventory in the coming weeks.
The decision of acquiring these aircraft has been taken to meet the immediate shortage of aircraft, which was created due to the grounding of four aged A 310 aircraft at the end of last year.
The narrow body aircraft have a capacity of carrying 189
passengers in all economy configuration.
The two aircraft would operate six flights today (Friday) which 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).