Pakistan International Airlines and Ireland’s Ryanair have signed an agreement whereby the former will use their Boeing 777 aircraft to operate cargo flights between the Chinese city of Urumqi and Pakistan for a period of 4 months.
A spokesman for the national airline said the PIA had restricted its flights due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic that left many of its planes idling. As a result, it converted its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into a cargo aircraft and leased it to the foreign airline, he added.
This aircraft has a cargo capacity of 52 tons. Pakistan will export dried fruit, including pine nuts, to China through this flight. In addition, the spokesman said, the PIA is entering into strategic partnerships like other airlines in the crisis-ridden aviation industry. Such a union should benefit from each other’s experiences and share resources, he explained.