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President & CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik interview with 'Agenda Pakistan' hoste Amir Zia appeared on Hum News.
CEO PIA informed:
When he joined PIA, the airline's employees were getting salary around 27th day of the month. Now, PIA employees are getting salary in about first two weeks of the month.
Auditing work had stopped since 2017. Under his management auditing work has started and 2017 annual report has been released. Annual report of year 2018 will be released by the end of 2019.
Crew allowances were being paid in US dollars. Due to Pakistan rupee value fluctuation, there was delay in payment of allowances. Now allowances will be paid in Pakistan rupees.
PIA aircraft were not upgraded since past many years. The aircraft have old seats and IFE is not working.
Financing with sovereign guarantees required for induction of new aircraft.
Two leased aircraft to join PIA fleet by the end of October.
PIA with a fleet of more than fifty aircraft in about three years being planned.
PIA was not consulted in old National Aviation Policy. The airline was consulted in the preparation of new National Aviation Policy - 2019 which is being implemented.
IATA study shows eighty percent of air travel in Pakistan is from country's centre and north. PIA has shifted crew, human resources, passenger handling personnel and positioned aircraft to airports in the north and centre, according to requirements.
PIA engineering, supply chain, finance departments etc. to stay in Karachi.
Passengers from Karachi prefer to travel on aircraft offering modern facilities. PIA aircraft without modern facilities were flying with poor load from Karachi. Same PIA aircraft getting good passenger load from airports in the centre and north of Pakistan.
PIA will restart a number of flights from Karachi after acquiring aircraft with modern facilities.
Merit-based demands of PIA employees unions will be considered. Pressure tactics of unions will not be accepted. 250 union workers cannot be allowed to sit idle.
Majority of PIA employees are competent. There's a small number of incompetent employees.
Employees who volunteer for transfer to centre and north being transferred. PIA offering assistance to employees in getting settled in stations located in the centre and north.