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EU bans 75% of PIA planes to land in its territories!

This is hillarious.. a country which is shooting off one missile after another every other day has its commercial planes that are decades old and not even worth landing in EU. EU has banned 75% of PIA’s fleet to land in EU!

British and German authorities have banned around three-quarters of Pakistan International Airlines’ ageing fleet from flying to their countries because of safety concerns, a PIA spokesman said on Saturday.

"We have received directives from England and Germany on our planes and after that we have decided to only operate Boeing 777 planes in both the countries," PIA spokesman Nasir Jamal said.

"The ban on all other planes will be effective from Sunday 2:00 a.m. (2100 GMT Saturday)," he added.

The ban followed a European Union decision to bar all but seven Boeing 777s planes out of the airline’s 42-plane fleet from flying to the 27-country bloc.

The state-run airline was warned last year that most of its planes failed to meet international standards. The EU’s concerns focused on maintenance problems and old aircraft.

The PIA fleet that would be affected includes six Boeing 747-300s, two 747-200s, seven 737-300s, one 727-200, 12 Airbus A310-300s, two A-321s, one A310 and three ATR-50s.

Jamal said a team of senior PIA officials were currently in Brussels to meet the concerns of the EU’s aviation authorities on the airline’s fleet.

But another PIA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said EU officials remained unconvinced by the airline’s efforts to upgrade its ageing fleet.

"It is now almost certain that they have decided to ban most of our fleet in Europe … England and Germany have already taken a decision and the rest will follow them in a week or so," the official said.

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