Islamabad   -  National flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines has unveiled plans to expand its operational fleet by inducting four new aircraft.

According to PIA spokesperson, the plan to induct four new aircraft was announced by Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik during his interaction with employees in Karachi two days ago.

Air Marshal Arshad Malik told the employees that PIA has started a fleet enhancement plan and soon PIA will expand its network and increase its access the world over.

The Air Marshal said that the PIA would strictly go according to its route rationalisation policy and new viable routes would also be introduced.

Referring to the recently revived Sialkot-Sharjah and Lahore-Muscat routes, he said the results were very encouraging. “Very soon we are going to launch flights on Sialkot-Barcelona and Lahore-Bangkok sectors,” he said.

Malik, who is a serving official of the Pakistan Air Force and holds the position of the president and chief executive officer in the PIA, he said he had joined the national carrier to make it a leading airline.

Urging the employees to work together as a team, the PIA chief said he was fully aware of their problems and assured them that as soon as the airline came out of the financial constraints their salaries would be revised.

He asked the employees to work for the betterment of the airline without compromising on service standards.

He vowed to maintain merit in every sphere of the airline. “Merit shall prevail in PIA with regards to promotions he said and thanked the employees’ associations and the CBA for their support.