Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued a tender notice to dry lease up to eight narrowbody aircraft, with the first example to be delivered at the start of next year.

It intends to lease the aircraft, which it states should be of up to 2012-vintage, for a period of six years, or up to the aircraft’s first 12-year check. PIA has set the delivery schedule to run from January to December next year. 

PIA A320

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Pakistan International Airlines has a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s.

The aircraft should also be configured with at least 170 seats in an all-economy layout, in addition to a soft divider after the first two rows.

It is unclear if the aircraft is intended to replace its existing fleet of narrowbodies. Cirium fleets data indicates PIA to have a fleet of 11 Airbus A320ceo aircraft, of which nine are currently in service.

All 11 A320s, aged between 10 and 16 years old, are also leased aircraft.