A detailed briefing was given by PIA management to Minister for Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique on PIA’s fleet acquisition plans and product improvement initiatives.
In the briefing and on the directives of the Minister of Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique, PIA presented a comprehensive plan to replace the seats of five A320 aircraft in its fleet and owned by PIA, with new, much more comfortable seats and wider seat pitch. Minister for Aviation instructed PIA officials to undertake the project on priority basis and to complete the within four months. He also directed PIA officials to replace or refursbish the seats of Boeing 777 LR Aircraft operated on North American routes to provide its long haul customers with much more comfortable travel experience. Approval in principal was also granted for improving the inflight entertainment system functional on these planes.
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The allocation of funds for seats replacement and Inflight Entertainment has been arranged for these projects, and instructions were given to be complete these initiatives on fast track basis.
Khawaja Saad Rafique also instructed to look into the prospects of having local internet connectivity onboard PIA aircraft for providing entertainment content available to the passengers on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) basis.
The Minster was also apprised about PIA fleet acquisition, the airline has recently inducted two A320 aircraft while two more will be added next month.