Karachi: A second ATR-72 aircraft arrived at the Jinnah International Airport on May 1, 2015 to join the PIA fleet. This is the second of the 5 additional ATR-72 aircraft that PIA is inducting in its existing ATR fleet, according to PIA spokesman Mohammad Aamir Memon. Under its fleet expansion plan, PIA is acquiring five French-built ATR-72 aircraft, each with a capacity of 70 seats on dry lease for a period of eight years and this is the second of the newly acquired aircraft.
According to the PIA spokesman, the ATR will be operated with an all-economy class configuration. Since the state-of-the-art turbo-prop plane is fuel-efficient, it will further reinforce PIA’s savings plans.
The PIA Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem, for taking active interest in reviving PIA and for providing necessary funds for the purpose.
On induction of the latest ATR aircraft, Nasser NS Jaffer said that now PIA would be in an even better position to rationalize its domestic routes to further facilitate passengers as the ATR would be flying on domestic and feeder routes and other short-haul sectors.
He hoped that all formalities would be completed by PIA at the earliest for the aircraft to start operating in the PIA fleet.
With increase in the number of aircraft in the PIA fleet, the airline will now be in a better position to offer additional flights and also increase flight frequency on existing profitable routes.