LAHORE: Federal Investigation Company (FIA) has launched a probe into the alleged sale of a PIA plane to a German firm for peanuts and with out approval of the PIA Board, The Information has learnt.
FIA officers, in search of anonymity, advised this correspondent that the company has began a probe into alleged sale of a PIA aircraft A-310 for forty seven,500 euros (Rs fifty three million) to a German firm Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG in 2016.
Issues referring to buying planes on Moist Lease for the PIA are already beneath probe with the company. PIA’s Appearing Chief Government Officer (CEO) Bernd Hildenbrand has additionally been placed on the Exit Management Listing (ECL) by the inside ministry until completion of investigations. We have now sought paperwork from PIA administration relating to the aircraft’s sale concern, the officers added.
Paperwork, obtainable with The Information, revealed that to promote the aircraft A-310 tender was issued in August 2016 after which in November 2016. However the aircraft was bought out in October, previous to the issuance of the second tender which was having December 12, 2016, because the final date for submission of bids.
To promote the aircraft, Director Procurement & Logistics (Director P&L) Air Commodore Imran Akhtar Khan wrote a letter DPL/A-310/sixteen dated October 28, 2016 and sought approval from the appearing CEO.
The letter highlighted that the PIA administration had issued tenders in main English and Urdu newspapers however no consumers submitted their software. “In the intervening time, M/S Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG contacted the PIA to purchase one A-310 plane (with out engines) with the intention to park it at Leipzig/Halle Airport. Initially, they provided 34,750 euros however subsequently they elevated the supply to forty seven,500 euros,” the letter reads.
Imran additionally wrote within the letter that because the plane can be with PIA livery thereof it is going to be a chance for PIA to model visibility in Leipzig which will probably be a future transit level for PIA New York flights. The appearing CEO permitted the request on October 29, the subsequent day after receiving the request.
One other letter, out there with this scribe, was written in November by Imran Akhtar Khan by which he had requested for approval of sending the identical aircraft to Malta for a capturing.
It’s clearly talked about within the letter, para four (b), that after the capturing, the aircraft can be completely deployed at Leipzig/Halle Airport on the fee of 475,000 euros.
When contacted Saturday, PIA Director P&L Imran Akhtar Khan claimed that the aircraft hasn’t been bought out but.
“The Appearing CEO has accepted the sale of the aircraft however the board is but to provide its approval of the identical and the matter continues to be pending,” Imran stated, including the aircraft has been despatched to Leipzig for parking functions solely. This parked PIA plane would additionally function a model ambassador and a advertising device to advertise the nationwide service in Europe, Imran remarked.
Imran Akhtar additionally denied any monetary transaction because of this association. ”We haven’t charged something from Leipzig neither they cost a single penny from us for the parking,” the director held.
To a query why a flying aircraft has been bought towards the agreed deal during which it needs to be bought with out engines, he stated, “We’d get good consumers for engines there.”
When Imran’s consideration was drawn in the direction of his one letter during which he had said that the aircraft would completely be deployed at Leipzig towards 475,000 euros however later the identical aircraft was allegedly bought out towards forty seven,500 euros, the PIA official stated it was a typographic error. An additional zero was written in my first resulting from an error, he added.
When contacted, PIA Spokesman Danyal Gilani despatched a written reply to queries shared with him relating to the alleged sale of the plane.
Gilani stated A-310 is an previous plane. In truth, this gasoline guzzler is an out of date plane with just some airways working this sort principally for cargo operations. As per Pakistan’s Nationwide Aviation Coverage of 2015, any plane older than 20 years can’t fly for a Pakistani airline. The PIA retired its fleet of ageing Airbus A310s approach earlier than this deadline on 31 December 2016, he stated.
For disposing off the 4 A-310 plane, the PIA initiated a tendering course of in August 2016 when all these plane have been nonetheless airworthy and being utilized in PIA operations, the spokesman added.
As a way to discover consumers for these plane, the PIA marketed twice, in August and November final yr, however no purchaser confirmed curiosity.
“At present one of many plane is collaborating in an exhibition in Germany. A museum in Leipzig has expressed its want of shopping for this plane and preserving it of their museum in PIA’s livery as a logo of PIA’s presence in Europe. However PIA has but to take a last determination on it. So the aircraft continues to be very a lot PIA’s property,” Gilani added.
The spokesman additional claimed that after the August commercial, inner approval (from Appearing CEO) was obtained for promoting one of many 4 plane to the above-talked about museum, however quickly afterwards, it was determined to promote once more to seek out appropriate consumers for all of the 4 plane and the sale of this particular plane didn’t materialize. The remaining three grounded A-310 plane are nonetheless at Karachi airport, as no purchaser has expressed curiosity in shopping for them, he concluded.
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