Pakistan plans to break-up Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) into two companies, one for the ground handling/catering etc, which will remain government owned under a holding company, while control of the airline would be sold off to a “global airline” during the next 18 months. Talks are said to be currently ongoing including with, we are told by PIA senior staff, although not confirmed by the other airline – Etihad. Emirates was also mentioned. We can put the current state of affairs at PIA into context very easily with this line: PIA has some 17,000 employees for just 10 aircraft currently

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