ISLAMABAD - National flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), as part of its fleet enhancement programme, will soon get delivery of two state of the art fuel-efficient aircraft, PIA sources said on Thursday.

The two airplanes Airbus A320 and Boeing 777-200ER, due to arrive next week, are being obtained on lease. With the induction of these aircraft, the fleet strength of PIA will increase to 37.

Chairman PIA Nasser NS Jaffer has directed relevant officials to have the two planes put into operation as soon as possible, after fulfilling all formalities in shortest possible time.

Under the guidance of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem and in accordance with Prime Minister’s vision, PIA, for the first time in history, has inducted 14 airplanes in one year’s time; as the airline was facing severe capacity constraints.

With the induction of these planes PIA has not only been able to maintain its flight schedule and improve flight punctuality but also managed to increase frequency of its flights on profitable routes.

The A320 aircraft will be operated on domestic and international short haul routes while Boeing 777-200ER will be operated on long haul routes.