PAKISTAN'S BHOJA AIR has taken a four-month lease on three Lithuanian Airlines (LAL) Yakovlev Yak-42s, possibly leading to a later purchase.

LAL hopes that a lease of a further three aircraft to Bhoja will follow, and wants to sell the aircraft to the Pakistani company for between $15 million and $16 million. Up to now, the Lithuanian carrier has operated 12 of the 100-seat tri-jets.

Bhoja is the only survivor of the three challengers to Pakistan International Airways which were initially created under Pakistani deregulation.

Source: Flight International