Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is seeking bids for the dry lease of five narrowbody aircraft for a period of five years, according to the tender offer obtained by Flightglobal.
PIA is looking to receive four aircraft in the first quarter of 2013 and the remaining aircraft in the following quarter.
The carrier is seeking offers for 2003-vintage, or younger aircraft, that have 150 seats or more, in a single-class configuration. PIA may also opt to acquire up to three additional aircraft, according to the tender offer.
Proposals are due 31 October.
The carrier initially approached the leasing market earlier this year for three-year, dry leases covering four Boeing 737-400s and four 737-800s. PIA then scrapped plans to add four 737-400s and, instead, opted for more 737-800s as part of its efforts to increase capacity.
PIA received three proposals in the summer from AirSpeed Charter, XL Airways and Standard Chartered Aviation, but the bidding process was cancelled last month.
According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, PIA has six 737-300s in its fleet that were manufactured in 1985 and 1986. The carrier also operate six 747-200/300s, seven 777-200s, two 777-300s, 12 Airbus A310s and six ATR 42-500s.