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PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 7:58 pm

PIA offered to change entire Airbus fleet

By Masood Anwar

KARACHI: The Airbus Industrie has offered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to change its entire fleet of Airbus, following the grounding of five Airbuses due to structural problems.

The company has also offered the PIA to replace its B-4 planes with A-300-600 models, parked in Dubai. Manufactured in 1985-1988, these planes were owned by the Emirates Airlines. But after the changing of its fleet in late 1990s, these planes were taken back by the Airbus Industrie.

Sources in the Ministry of Defence told The News that Airbus Industrie is demanding about $1.5 million per aircraft additionally for changing the fleet. High-ups in the Ministry of Defence are more active to change the fleet but the PIA Managing-Director, Ahmed Saeed Chaudhry, has expressed his ignorance about the offer. However, highly placed officials in the ministry hinted at the change in the fleet shortly.

A nine-member team of Airbus Industrie has arrived in Pakistan to repair the damaged aircraft after a Karachi-bound flight from Lahore narrowly escaped a disaster. After the accident, the PIA grounded its entire fleet of Airbus and checked them thoroughly. During the check-up, same fault was found in two aircraft (of registration numbers AP-BAY and AP-BBA). At the moment, out of nine Airbuses, five are grounded due to technical reasons.

In the new models (A-320 and A-340), the manufacturers have removed this fault by using a new alloy. In the B-4 models, the producers had used the plastic reinforced alloy that was not of better quality, engineers said.

 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:06 pm

So, this means that PIA are being offered ex Emirates A300-600's which they are now phasing out by the A330.

I personally think it is a good idea. But considering the current financial health of PIA I would be a bit hesitant on this part. Airbus are offering a good price of $1.5 m. Do you think they are ?

PIA grounded B4's are some 20-25 years old, and looking at the poor maintenance of these aircraft it wouldn't take you long guessing when the next accident is going to occur.
 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:20 pm

Once upon a time.........
 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:21 pm

this stuff about Emirates aircraft being parked at Dubai is nonesense because all Emirates A300-600s have been placed.

A6-EKC is in service with Sudan Airways
A6-EKD is in service with Tunis Air
A6-EKE is in service with Tunis Air
A6-EKF is in service with Lufthansa
A6-EKO is in service with MEA

A6-EKM is still in service with Emirates and not due to be retired until April 2002.

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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:28 pm

Thanks for the info Emirates777.

I thought it was too good to be true.


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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 9:23 pm

Nevertheless, PIA still need aircraft to replace the B4's.
 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:51 pm

If Emirates777 is correct , and i do believe him when it comes to info about EK........... how in the world and from where did you get that article from?????
 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:23 pm

It is rediculous for them to renew the B 743 lease from CX. They have spent THREE YEARS and they STILL CANNOT makeup their mind what they want.

I think it is time for them to try the B 747-400. They are currently running the B 742 and the B 743.

Regards.
 
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RE: PIA Offered To Change Entire Airbus Fleet

Sat Jun 16, 2001 1:57 am

Why cant PIA just replace all AB300-b4s & AB6Rs into all new A310-300s or A330-200s, forgetting the A300s; Will that help or is that the deal already made...??

A300-600R
Specifications:http://www.airbus.com/products/A300_specif.asp
Cabin Layout:http://www1.airbus.com/products/A300_cabin.asp

A310-300
Specifications:http://www1.airbus.com/products/A310_specif.asp
Cabin Layout:http://www1.airbus.com/products/A310_cabin.asp

A330-200
Specifications:http://www1.airbus.com/products/A330-200_specif.asp
Cabin Layout:http://www1.airbus.com/products/A330-200_cabin.asp



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