Karachi: Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho and members of the Standing Committee felicitated Air Chief Marshal (R) Rao Qamar Suleman on his appointment as Managing Director PIA and hoped that Rao Suleman will turnaround the National Flag Carrier.
Responding, MD PIA Rao Qamar Suleman thanked the National Assembly Standing Committee and expressed that PIA can be turned around for which difficult decisions, hard work and discipline will be required to make the system more efficient for bringing about gradual change for the betterment of the airline. The Committee extended full support to the PIA Management in improving the airline.
The Committee was apprised about PIA Business Plan, Fleet Renewal program, the airline routes and their economic viability. Besides, the Human Resource Policy and the Pilots retirement age was also discussed.
The Committee was informed that PIA closed down Barcelona-Chicago route due to heavy losses and would be re deploying capacity to New York. Besides, as soon as the Business Plan is approved more destinations would be explored
The Committee was informed that people living in remote areas will have the facility of buying their tickets through Easy Paisa outlets; the facility is expected to be made available by end of April 2012 instead of coming to major cities for the purpose, besides web ticketing and PIA franchises.
PIA has already sent a case to the Ministry of Defence for increasing the retirement age of pilots from 60 to 65 years.–
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