Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is in talks with Boeing to acquire four 777-200ERs as a result of improved relations with the USA.

The carrier says it is eyeing four whitetail aircraft deferred by US airlines following the 11 September terrorist attacks.

Deliveries could start as early as January, PIA says. Boeing confirms that it is holding preliminary talks with PIA. The airline says it began negotiating 777 orders after government officials indicated US Export-Import Bank financing would be forthcoming. Relations have greatly improved between the two countries since Pakistan agreed to support the USA in its war in Afghanistan, with the USA lifting economic sanctions.

Source: Flight International