PIA – Pakistan International Airlines will acquire eight B787 Dreamliners from Boeing, the BBC has reported, quoting the carrier’s chairman Azam Saigon.
In an interview, Saigon said an agreement had been reached in principle with the US manufacturer, with the first deliveries set to happen from June 2017 onwards.
The announcement comes after Boeing approached the Pakistani government earlier this year with a proposal to convert its five remaining B777-300(ER)s on order to B787s.
As such, Saigon that the 787s would be a better fit for the carrier given their long-range capabilities and reduced seating capacity compared to the B777-300ERs. Because of these characteristics, a non-stop New York JFK service is now a real possibility, he added.
PIA’s current longhaul fleet currently consists of eleven B777s (six -200ERs, two -200LRs and three -300ERs) and one A330-300 leased from Sri Lankan Airlines, with two more due in October and December respectively.