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PIA receives wide-ranging bids for 777 cabin refurbishment

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering (HAECO) has won the bid to refurbish the cabins of five Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777s, which also received wide-ranging offers from five other MRO parties.

An evaluation report released by the airline shows that HAECO won the contract with a $1.78 million bid, while Sabena Technics had the highest bid at $7.42 million.

PIA also received bids from Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering at $2.25 million, GMF AeroAsia at $2.36 million, SIA Engineering at $3.83 million, and Turkish Technic at $4.86 million.

In January, PIA had sought providers for a cabin refurbishment programme covering three 777-200ERs and two -200LRs that will commence in October.

The five aircraft (MSNs 33775, 33776, 33777, 33781 and 33782) are to be retrofitted with 24 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with Stelia Solysts1 full-flat beds, as well as 315 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration with Recaro 3410 seats.

In addition, the digEcor IFE systems will be replaced with Panasonic eX3 systems.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that PIA operates a fleet of 11 777s, comprising four 300ERs, two 200LRs and five 200ERs.

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