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MD PIA Inaugurates Facility for PW 127 engines

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Karachi, October 29, 2009: Managing Director PIA, Captain Mohammad Aijaz Haroon inaugurated a state of the art test facility for PW127 engines installed on ATR42-500 aircraft. On the same day he initiated another major project to establish a full functional Engineering Complex, which will include most modern Landing Gear overhaul facility scheduled to be completed by December 2010.

He appreciated the efforts of PIA employees on this feat. He said that PIA would soon revive its past glory, the airline is going in the right direction and this achievement is part of the airline’s strategic initiatives of creating various revenue streams to combat rising operating costs in a declining market. He further said that with the innovations, team work and dedication PIA will become profitable again.

The Test Centre inaugurated also has the capability to test APU’s(auxiliary power units) installed on B777 & A310 aircraft. This state of the art test facility adds to the list of numerous firsts in PIA of pioneering and implementing edge technologies to maintain its services.

This up gradation of PIA Engine Test Facilities will enhance PIA’s ability to fully overhaul PW127 engines of all aircraft with saving of US$ 2 million annually in repair costs to PIA abroad. The current project was completed in 12 months period with a huge saving of Rs. 20 million; this could only be possible from efforts made by PIA Test Cell Engineers and PIA Works division.

Pratt & Whitney Canada the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) of PW127 engines Test Cell Team was also present during the correlation testing and certified PIA test cell as conforming to both regulatory as well as meeting all operational requirements .

The MD emphasized that under the leadership of DMD Salim Siyani, PIA has embarked on a challenge to become a full functional leading MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) in the region. Airlines like Lufthansa, United, Delta, Air France, Northwest and American have successfully adopted this model. The national carrier currently has test capability for testing engines like CF6-50/CF6-80/CFM56-3 installed on B747-200/A310-300 & B737-300 aircraft top perform full engine overhaul on CF6-50/CF6-80 aircraft respectively.

PIA also performs major aircraft maintenance checks on current fleet of B737/B747/B777/ATR/A310 and hundreds of major components including thrust reversals, APUs, Generators Status etc. This Speaks highly for the capability of our skilled and dedicated engineering professional staff.

The Deputy Managing Director, Salim Siyani commented that the World MRO Business is a $ 45.1 billion market, of which 9.5 billion is in our Asian region. The increase MRO spending is driven by LABOR costs and weak dollar around the world consequently the MRO unit cost is increasing.

This is creating a great window of opportunity for PIA and the aviation Industry. He added, our highly experienced Engineering staff, our full service aircraft and Engine Overhaul facilities, test calls and training centers combined with the team work of motivated professionals, PIA will continue leap forward to becoming a premier Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility in the region.

Later, Managing Director PIA distributed certificates and cash prizes to the employees of Engineering Department and Works Division for their performance and efforts in completion of the project.

The ceremony was also attended by other senior officials of the airline.