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PIA plane stuck in Indonesia to arrive in two days


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has made a $13 million payment out of a $26 million obligation to the leasing company, AirAsia.

This payment was required for two planes, and following the transaction, one of the aircraft stuck in Indoneisa is expected to arrive in Pakistan within the next one or two days, while the second will join PIA’s fleet shortly thereafter.

The resolution of this matter, pending for two years, will contribute two additional Airbus A320 planes to PIA’s fleet, bringing the total number of Airbus-manufactured planes to 16.

A high-ranking delegation from PIA, headed by the Secretary of Aviation, conducted negotiations with the leasing company AirAsia in Malaysia to address the outstanding issues related to the planes. These two aircraft had been stationed in Jakarta since September 2021 due to a dispute with the leasing company.

Read more: PIA owe Jakarta airport above Rs4b in parking fee

The PIA spokesperson clarified that the company acquired these planes for $26 million, bypassing redelivery charges. The delegation successfully negotiated the redelivery of the planes with the leasing company. Additionally, the spokesperson refuted claims of paying $15 million in parking charges for the planes, dismissing such reports as false and baseless.

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