KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Spokesman Danyal Gilani on Tuesday said that airline’s flight operation to United Arab Emirates (UAE) is going on smoothly as all Boeing 777 and six A-320 of its fleet already had the new Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) version installed, Aaj News reported.
“UAE authorities had imposed restrictions giving three days’ notice to PIA to upgrade its aircraft using their airspace to the new ACAS version, which is otherwise valid till January 1, 2016,” he told Aaj.tv website on media reports regarding imposition of restrictions on the use of UAEs airspace without upgrading to new ACAS version.
The spokesman said that PIA’s following flights were scheduled from Pakistan’s various cities to the UAE today: PK 217 Peshawar-Abu Dhabi, PK 203 Lahore-Abu Dhabi, PK 213 Karachi-Dubai, PK 263 Lahore-Abu Dhabi, PK 283 Peshawar-Dubai and PK 233 Islamabad-Dubai.
PIA has applied for waiver for A-310 and remaining A-320 aircraft till April 2016, he said.
Meanwhile, chairman PIA has asked the concerned department to speed up efforts to upgrade the remaining aircrafts to this version of ACAS.