PIA seeks A320 and ATR simulators

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued tenders seeking Airbus A320 and ATR 72/42-500 full flight simulators.

The airline is looking for Level-D qualified simulators to be delivered under an acquire/build-lease-transfer deal, where ownership would revert to PIA at the end of a 10-year lease period.

PIA cites cost savings, better time management and the possibility of generating revenues from other airlines as the main reasons for the simulator purchases.

The airline will hold a conference for potential bidders at PIA's head office in Karachi on 2 April, while the closing date for the tenders is 19 April.

PIA adds that by May this year, it will have five A320s and six ATR 42-500s in its fleet.