Saturday 3 June 2023

Pakistan Airlines plane seized in Malaysia over non-payment of dues:

Pakistan, which is facing a severe cash crunch, has faced an embarrassing situation as its national carrier's plane has been sized in Malaysia over non-payments. 

The Boeing 777-200 operated flight PK894 between Islamabad, Pakistan (ISB/OPIS) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL/WMKK) on the 29th of May, but the return flight didn’t operate. Sources on the media indicate that a local court decided to impound the aircraft over a payment dispute between PIA and the aircraft’s lessor.

This is the second time the PIA aircraft has been seized in Malaysia over a dues issue. The same aircraft was seized by the Kuala Lumpur airport authorities in 2021 on the same issue. Later, the plane was released on diplomatic assurance about the payment of dues. The seized plane was brought back to Pakistan on the 27th of January along with 173 passengers and crew members on board.

Pakistan is in the middle of a serious economic crisis as its forex reserves have dropped significantly, affecting various services abroad and hitting imports. In February, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered the foreign ministry to slash the number of missions abroad and reduce their offices, staff and initiate other measures to cut down expenditures of the debt-ridden nation by 15 per cent.

Aircraft Information:
Pakistan International Airlines
Code: PK/PIA
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2Q8
Registration: AP-BMH
Serial Number: 32717
Engines: 2 x GE GE90-94B
First Flew: 30th November 2005
Age 17 Yrs 5 Mts

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