GE Boosts PIA’s Fleet Modernization
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which in 1960 became the first airline in Asia to operate a jet engine-powered commercial airplane, is in the midst of a project to build a younger, more fuel-efficient fleet. GE, which has served Pakistan’s aviation sector for more than four decades, is directly supporting these efforts.
A recently agreed six-year lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services provides PIA with three modern, fuel-efficient Airbus A320 medium-range aircraft. The first of these planes was delivered in June; the second is arriving this month, and the third is scheduled to be delivered in September.
The significance of this lease was demonstrated when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a point of visiting the first of these three aircraft in late June. At the time of the Prime Minister’s visit, a senior PIA official said that improving fleet efficiency is central to bolstering the airline’s financial strength.
What’s more, these planes are powered by highly reliable and durable CFM56-5B engines, produced by the 50-50 joint venture between GE and Snecma (SAFRAN) of France.
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