Federal minister for Privatisation Muhammad Mian Soomro said that the federal government would provide all possible help in the revival of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), according to media reports.The federal minister visited PIA Headquarters and met PIA chief executive officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik to get a briefing about the current position of the organisation on Sunday. “Government will help in every possible way for PIA’s revival,” he said and added that PIA was moving in a positive direction. Minister Soomro further said that the government was committed to transforming PIA into the profitable organisation it was in the past. Earlier on November 29, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had announced that it would add four new aircrafts to its fleet in order to expand it. It is worth mentioning that these flights would enable the national flagbearer to fly on Sialkot-Barcelona and Lahore-Bangkok routes.PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik, during his address to the PIA employees at the head office said that PIA had initiated on the fleet enlargement plan and the airline planned on inflating its access around the globe in some time. “PIA is soon to initiate flights on latest routes. We have by now initiated Sialkot-Sharjah and Lahore-Muscat routes and the outcome is very encouraging. We will sternly follow route rationalization policy and fresh viable itinerary will be introduced,” he added. According to PIA spokesman, the airline would be able to induct the new aircraft by the middle of the next year. He said that inducting an aircraft was a complex process and it mainly depended on the availability of aircraft and feasibility of price.Reportedly, the PIA administration is seeking for both wide and narrow body aircraft, as narrow-body aircraft have a capacity of 150 to 250 seats with a single aisle, whereas wide-body airplanes can hold 250 passengers and beyond with multiple aisles. Published in Daily Times, December 17th2018.