PIA to Overhaul Its Boeing 777 at Maintenance Facility in Islamabad
LAHORE– Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s Boeing 777 aircraft will now be overhauled at Islamabad also thus making tremendous savings and schedule convenience for the national flag carrier.
PIA has upgraded its maintenance facility at Islamabad by enabling it to carryout ‘Check A’ on Boeing 777 at Islamabad and now the aircraft will not have to be flown to Karachi for the required maintenance.
It is indeed another big achievement after enhancement of technical capability at Islamabad for A320s, the Engineering base has now been enabled to cater to the needs of B777s.
On 10th October 2019 PIA Engineering set up at Islamabad successfully completed Check ‘A’ on Boeing 777 (AP-BHX) after completing recommended flying hours (i.e. 75 days or 1,000 flying hours).
The Islamabad Engineering is now fully capable of performing B777 aircraft ‘A’ checks indigenously after being approved from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA).
CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik said that this is a major step towards self-reliance of PIA Engineering. He said this will help not only in reducing expenses, save ground maintenance time, improve flight punctuality but also to earn extra revenue for PIA by providing services to other airlines.
He congratulated AVM Noor Abbas, Advisor to CEO, Chief Technical Officer, Amir Ali and the Engineering team on achieving a new milestone by successful completion of Check ‘A’ on Boeing 777 at Islamabad.
It is worth mentioning that earlier Karachi was the only station approved to carry out maintenance checks of all types and aircraft had to be flown to Karachi. However, in August 2019 Lahore base was upgraded followed by Islamabad for the Boeing 777s A checks.— PRESS RELEASE