KARACHI, Pakistan – In an apparent bid to take Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) out from the list of national assets, THE operational name of PIA has been changed to Pakistan Airways.
PIA had earlier been transformed as a Limited Company instead of a Corporation.
According to an official statement issued by the PIA authorities on Saturday, a subsidiary of the airlines has been registered with the title of Pakistan Airways (PA).
Spokesman of PIA, Danyal Gillani, in a statement said, “Referenc[ing] media queries, please note that Pakistan Airways ha[s] been registered as a premium service subsidiary of PIA. This would help improve the service standard and image of the national airline.”
However, his statement did not explain with what name aircrafts of the national carrier will fly. Will it be PIA flights with a PIA logo or will PA now fly in the skies?
The PIA trade union claims that Pakistan has already sold out PIA to Qatar Airways, while the government of Pakistan denies such claims. This new development has again highlighted controversies shrouding PIA.