Boeing 777 of PIA test flies after remaining grounded for 1.5 years

Boeing 777 grounded at Jinnah International Airport Karachi – photo courtesy Express Tribune.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have renovated the Boeing 777 after the aircraft remained grounded for 18 months. The engineering and maintenance team of PIA worked day and night to enter the aircraft its working feat. The registration number of the said aircraft is BHV. Aircraft remained neglected and was abandoned is now fully repaired.

“Great things are happenings in PIA! Our accomplished Engineering, Finance, and Supply Chain teams gave a new life to AP BHV Boeing 777 using PIA’s own resources. The test flight was flown by the Chief, Flight Operators. Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik and team are fulfilling PM Imran Khan’s vision”, a PIA tweet read. Air Marshal Arshad Malik after becoming the CEO of PIA directed the engineering department to make the aircraft operational in order to increase the revenue.

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CEO also congratulated the engineering team and appreciated their dedication in bringing the PIA back on the rails. The Chief Executive also appreciated all concerned departments in achieving the feat.

Why was the Plane grounded?

The aircraft had some problems in the working of the engine for which it was grounded one and a half years ago. The spare parts of the same aircraft were being used in the other flying vehicles and there was no hope for the aircraft to fly again.

When did Boeing 777 fly for a test flight?

The plane was reportedly grounded at the Jinnah International Airport and after a test flight which was conducted from Karachi to Nawabshah this Thursday, it is ready to work again. The national flag carrier had to dry lease more planes after some of its planes were grounded to continue the flight operations.

Why are aircrafts vetted on the lease?

Airplanes are taken on the lease so that there is no shortage of planes during an extraordinary need. Sometimes PIA needs extra planes for instance at the time of Hajj when hundreds and thousands of people fly off to Saudi Arabia. Leasing aircraft allows the airline to operate several planes at once, instead of having just a few ones. Leasing also allows the airline to operate more fuel-efficient aircraft instead of purchasing older and expensive planes. Founded in 1946  with the name of Orient Airways, Pakistan International Airlines is the national flag carrier of the country with its main hub in Karachi and Lahore.




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