GF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
PIA to buy 7 used aircraft
A high-level meeting here on Thursday allowed the PIA authorities to purchase seven second-hand aircraft for which the US Export and Import (EXIM) Bank will also provide considerable funding.
Informed sources told Dawn that the meeting, presided over by Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz and attended by Chairman and Managing Director of the PIA, representatives of EXIM Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, approved the purchase of four Boeing 777 and three A-310 Airbus planes.
The seven aircraft, to be purchased by the PIA, will be "freshly used" and will not be very old.
Sources said the meeting was of the view that PIA should gradually replace its old fleet so that there was no major funding problem.
Aamd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1458 times:
There are several sources for the triple 7s, the A310s??? well they could be, and prbably are European based, although there are some ex-C3 / Royal aircraft knocking around i guess.
The triple 7s... well, they could buy two from BA, and the Air Europe ones... cos they all have GE90s... if they were from UA, then they would likely buy 4 of them.. so they all have PW. I dont think there are any unused RR ones available, or are there????
We will soon see who has sold some a/c.
Im interested in the A310s, or at least where they came from.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
Actually it makes perfect sense for a poor country to buy the latest aircraft - they're fuel efficient, break down less often, establish a viable source of income, etc etc. As far as the hungry, powerless populations in these countries are concerned, they're irrelevant to fleet plans, much in the same way that an ageing population is irrelevant to a country's investment in high speed telecom services, the internet, etc. A country like Pakistan has a huge middle class - I'd say about 20-30 million strong - who travel overseas for business, pleasure, work, etc. There is an enormous Pakistani presence in the Middle East, not all of whom are day laborers, but who are white collar professionals. Add to it, the nearly 1 million strong community in the UK, and another 400,000 or so in the United States (who tend to be stolidly middle to upper middle class), and you have a perfectly viable source of passengers who demand new aircraft and good service.
Look at Ethiopian Airlines - during 20 years of civil war, a repressive communist regime, famine, etc, they ran a fabulous airline with the latest aircraft, service to rival any upper echelon European carrier, and made money to boot - which is more than I can say of many other airlines who bleed cash even in the best of times while offering churlish service.
Ba777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 674 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
"Aamd11" I just checked Bill Harms website and it said that Royal's/C3's A310 are actually quite old (14 years!) which would make them older than PIA's current fleet. I'm not sure if Singapore Airlines A310's are for sale, but they are quite new
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
Keeping the tradition in the past when PIA leased and then purchased 2 TAP 747-282 ( CS-TJC and TJD ), and knowing that TAP will soon start to get rid of their A310's to replace them by the A330-200's PIA could opt for these extremely well maintained A310's.