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Fri Oct 12, 2001 10:49 pm

Any comments. Should they have gone for Airbus instead???

.......KARACHI : The Boeing company is understood to have offered four Boeing 777 aircraft for sale to the Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The possibility of this deal was reportedly initiated by Finance Minister, Shaukat Aziz, who is in Washington these days. He has summoned a senior PIA official to Washington for discussions and to have a close look into the feasibility of purchasing the aircraft.
.......The official left here on Thursday to study the offer and advise the finance minister about the suitability of the aircraft for the national carrier.
.......The aircraft, popularly known as 'white tail', are ready for delivery any time. These were, in fact, manufactured for the United Airlines (UA) of the United States of America (USA), but because of the total chaos which prevails in the aviation industry in the USA following the terrorist attacks on the Trade Towers and Pentagon in Washington, the UA has expressed its inability to take the delivery of the aircraft.
.......These brand new aircraft are now parked at the Boeing facility in Seattle and could be made available immediately on easy terms. The Boeing 777 has been in use in the United States and several other countries for a considerable period of time. It is considered to be an efficient aircraft which would fit into PIA's oft revised fleet plan.
.......In case the terms and conditions are agreeable to Boeing and PIA, the four Boeing 777 could be inducted into PIA's fleet anytime to give support to its depleted fleet and enable the airline to move towards the much talked about 'turn around' earlier than expected.

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Sat Oct 13, 2001 12:58 am

This would not surprise me in the least, although the report about UAL's aircraft has been discussed on the orders website and rather skeptically too. UAL will need to keep up its 777 orders and deliveries if it is to go ahead with its plan (from long before 9/11) to ditch the 744s.

Of course, this is just an argument about the source. It doesn't stop them looking at other ways to acquire 777s and I think, furthermore, the type would be highly suitable to PIA. Its 743s are leased and the A300s and 747-200s are fairly ancient by now. 772s could be acquired initially and in due course, once the 743s are returned (and things settle down in the region), 773s would warrant serious consideration.

As for Airbus, this is a case of "do what others would do to you, only do it first"; America will take advantage of its closer relationship with Pakistan to persuade it to buy Boeings and you can bet that Mexican president, Vincente Fox wasn't brought for a tour of the Airbus factory in Toulouse this week just because they couldn't find anything else for him to do!! Politics does have an effect and frankly, anything that can be done to sell airplanes now, should be done!

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