Pakistan International to scrap two stored aircraft

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will scrap a Boeing 737-300 and a 747-300 that have been stored at Karachi.

The carrier will likely announce a date for the disposal auction of the two aircraft towards the end of April, says a spokesman.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database suggests that the 747 is MSN 23221, which is registered as AP-BFW. The Rolls-Royce RB211-524C2 powered 747 was built in 1985 for Cathay Pacific, but was leased by PIA in 1999 and later acquired by the carrier. It was parked at Karachi in May 2012.

The database suggests that the 737 is MSN 23294, which is registered as AP-BCA. The CFM56-3B2 powered aircraft was also built in 1985 and has been operated by PIA since new. It has been parked at Karachi since December 2011.

PIA told Flightglobal Pro last week that it may scrap two other aircraft, subject to the outcome of insurance assessments. Those aircraft, a 737-300 and an ATR 42-500, were damaged in separate landing accidents and are likely to be beyond economic repair.

PIA has an operational fleet of 27 aircraft, including Airbus A310s, 737-300s and 777s. It is also planning to take delivery of four or five Airbus A320s between June and August this year.