KARACHI: Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Advisor on Aviation to the Prime Minister on Thursday, 30th March, said the process of restructuring of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has been initiated in the airline to make it a profitable organization once again.
In this regard the PIA board of directors has given the approval of making national airline in accordance with the successful international models of air lines.
Recently PIA has issued a notification according to which chief officers are to head different departments of PIA in place of directors who will directly report to chief executive of PIA. According to the notification, these directives are to be implemented with immediate effect.
Following the models of successful air lines of all over the world, PIA board of directors has approved the notification of restructuring the National Airlines on modern and professional way.
As per the notification, chief operating officer, chief technical officer, chief financial officer, chief human resources officer, chief corporate development officer, chief information officer, chief officer / General Manager safety and quality assurance and General Manager procurement & logistics will look after their respective divisions and will report directly to chief executive officer of the airline.
Sardar Mehtab thanked the office bearers of different PIA associations for their support in the efforts for the revival of PIA.
He hoped that a restructuring and overhauling of the national flag Carrier will get it out of the financial crisis it faces and as well as flight operations will also be improved.
The advisor to PM said that the main objective of administrative reforms was to transform this airline into a successful airline according to the vision of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.
“This vision will be realized by diligent, active and through the formation of responsible management and we want to transform PIA purely on commercial and professional basis,” he said.
He hoped that due to restructuring, the deficit of PIA , deterioration and crises will be tackled soon and by restructuring the flights operation and safety standards will also be improved which will pave the way of PIA to become a profit earning organization once again.
It is learnt that the PIA Board of Directors during its last meeting had decided that instead of wet lease the aircraft should be acquired on dry lease to save cost. In this regard PIA had advertised for dry leasing the aircraft and the process is under way.