ISLAMABAD - The plethora of crises Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) grapples with is not to go anytime sooner while the defence minister admits that it would take another three years to bring the national flag carrier on no-profit, no-loss terms. Lately, the PIA management adequately publicised its much-hyped five-year business plan that became effective from the start of 2010 till 2014. The PIA also announced adding new planes to its operational fleet and doing away with the outdated ones. But despite the lapse of two good years, the business plan appears to have stood far from yielding any worthy outcome. What appears as alarmingly intriguing is that PIA would only be able to stem the unstoppable spree of losses not before the next three years, let alone contributing any profit to national exchequer. In his recorded reply in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar stated that the PIA had outsourced BMA Capital that, according to the defence minister, is a leading consultancy firm of Pakistan, in order to evaluate the business plan. This plan has been shared with concerned government authorities. If steps as detailed in the plan are implemented, PIA shall be operating on a breakeven basis in three years time, the reply statement reads. It needs a mention that the word 'breakeven stands for no-profit and no-loss basis in operational and logistical terms. The ministers reply, which was also interpreted by the PIA Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Azim Daultana in the NA, reads that PIA Board had approved new business plan 2011-2014 that envisaged replacing six B-737 by as many narrow body new generation planes and four ATR-42 aircraft into the Aging fleet of national flag carrier. Nowhere in the written replies and as well as the verbal information provided by Daultana was it mentioned as to how the PIA would arrange funds for inducting these 10 sophisticated airplanes in the wake of worst financial crises it is living with. The PIA currently has five types of aircraft, Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing, 777, ATR and Airbus 310. Of them, Boeing 737, Boeing 747 and Airbus 310 are outdated aircrafts that are unfit for any domestic or international flight and do not meet the safety standards laid down by the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Contradicting his own statement made sometime ago, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtars reply, the statement says that PIA suffered a financial loss of Rs 78.19 million last year on account of flight cancellations, protests and strikes. On the other hand, the defence minister was the one to have stated in the Senate on last September 14 that PIA achieved its 'highest ever revenue of Rs 107.5 billion in the year 2010 compared to that of Rs 95.5 billion in 2009. Mukhtar had also mentioned then that PIA would initiate phase-wise rightsizing in the PIA non-operational areas. He had also conceded that PIA made 2171 inductions in last three years and its 165 personnel were getting lucrative salaries exceeding Rs 500,000. In addition, the twelve high-profile and politically motivated inductions made during the tenure of former Managing Director PIA Ejaz Haroon and authenticated by the PIA Board have still not been reverted. These include some manger-rank officials of the PIA Public Relations (PR) department. Back in September, The Nation had reported that 22 highly technical and operational posts like those of aircraft engineer and deputy chief engineer are vacant while the ones that are unnecessary and non-operational are flooded with manpower. Of the 727 aircraft engineer posts, 727 are occupied and 30 remain vacant while of the 70 deputy chief engineer posts, 52 posts are occupied and the remaining 18 stay vacant. Meanwhile, Mukhtar also admitted in his statement on Wednesday that passengers Had to face some trouble in the last few days due to changes in the schedule of PIA flights. When contacted, Defence Ministry Spokesperson Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed did not respond to this scribes queries on defence ministers statements about PIAs multiple crises. The queries were sent in writing and routed through the spokespersons ADC Lieutenant Amaad but no reply was received till the filing of this report. PIA Spokesperson and General Manager Public Relations (PR) Sultan Hassan is in Madina for performing Umrah. Hassan told this newspaper, when approached, that he would be back within a couple of days and could respond to official queries thereafter.