ISLAMABAD - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is ready for European Union (EU) certification, acquisition of ATR Simulator, launching of flights to Mashad (Iran) and revised policy for award of GSAs through Board of Directors.

These decisions were taken at PIA’s 354th Board of Directors meeting held at PIA Head Office here. The meeting was presided by Secretary Aviation and Chairman PIA, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi.      Aslam Khaliq, Azam Saigol, Ghiasuddin Ahmed, Atif Bajwa, Malik   Nazir  Ahmd, Yusuf Waqar and MD PIA also attended in the meeting, a spokesman of the national flag carrier said on Sunday.

   According to decisions of the BOD, PIA will acquire revalidation of EASA (European Union Safety Agency) certification by end March 2014 before the new aircraft on dry lease are inducted in PIA fleet.     This is an essential requirement for the airline to keep its operation in the western world but also is imperative to obtain EASA-145 otherwise the new aircrafts will have to be sent abroad for inspection and maintenance checks which certainly become very expensive and financially unviable. However, CAA will conduct its inspections prior to that.

   The Board approved acquisition of Simulator for the ATR aircraft which not only will save huge expenses being incurred on its pilots while getting training from abroad but also will pave way for generation of revenues by training other airlines both foreign as well as local. For having more transparency in its sales business it has been decided that in future the award of GSAs will be approved through BOD approval. As per Prime Minister’s advice Board also reviewed airline’s preparation of launch of flights to Mashad (Iran) and gave its consent. PIA’s twice weekly operation to Mashad will be from Lahore via Quetta by February 25. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem gave a detailed briefing to the Board on the Revival Plan for PIA. Meanwhile Shujaat Azeem inspected the maintenance facility of other airlines at Karachi Airport.