Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is to introduce the Airbus A320 model to its fleet after shortlisting offers from two operating lessors, Aviation Capital Group and BOC Aviation for a total of six aircraft.
According to a PIA document, the Karachi-based carrier selected BOC Aviation for five of the A320s - all of which are powered by International Aero Engine's V2527-A5 engine.
Those aircraft (MSNs 2395, 2156, 2164, 2401 and 2602) were all manufactured in 2004 and 2005, and had previously been operated by TAM Linhas Aereas, Jetstar Asia and its associate company Valuair.
PIA also accepted the offering of a 2005-vintage A320 (MSN 2011) powered by CFM International CFM56-5B4/P engines from Aviation Capital Group. That aircraft is currently on lease to Orbest Espana.
According to the document, the lease of a 2003-vintage Boeing 737-800 (MSN 33014) from CIT Aerospace was also accepted.
Air Lease (ALC), International Lease Financial (ILFC), GECAS and Standard Chartered/Pembroke submitted unsuccessful offers.
PIA approached the leasing market in September 2012 with a five-aircraft dry lease tender seeking bids for periods of five years. The carrier was looking to receive four aircraft in the first quarter of 2013 and the remaining aircraft in the following quarter. It had the option of acquiring up to three additional aircraft.
The Pakistani flag carrier has six 737-300s in its fleet - manufactured in 1985 and 1986 - according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. The carrier also operate five 747-300s, seven 777-200s, two 777-300s, 12 A310s and seven ATR 42-500s.