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Fleet Expansion Underway | PIA Floats Int’l Tender For 8 Narrowbody Aircraft

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is looking to acquire eight narrow body aircraft on dry lease by December next year.

The dry lease refers to a long-term procedure in which an aircraft is delivered to an airline on a monthly or annual basis without staffing, maintenance or insurance.

According to details, the national airline has issued a tender notice in this regard which states that the airline intends to lease eight aircraft up to ‘2012-vintage, for a period of six years, or up to the aircraft’s first 12-year check’.

PIA has set the delivery schedule to run from January to December next year.

Among the other requirements, the aircraft should have at least 170 seats or more in an all-economy layout, in addition to a soft divider after the first two rows.

The national carrier currently has a fleet of 11 Airbus A320ceo aircraft that are all leased and between 10 and 16 years of age of which nine are currently in service. As per the tender notice, the last date of submission of Bidding Documents is January 11, 2021.

Aircraft should have more than 170 economy seats with a short distance after 2 rows.

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