RAWALPINDI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has said that General Electrical has been among the 12 Boeing 777s in its fleet following a proposal by aircraft maker Boeing to discontinue the use of Pratt & Whitney engines. There are engines that are considered the safest.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said that general electrical engines are considered the safest. And there are currently a thousand such engines in use around the world.
According to media reports, PIA’s fleet includes 29 aircraft, including 12 Boeing 777s, 11 Airbus A320s, and 6 ATRs.
The move came as the right engine of a Boeing 777 caught fire during a flight on Saturday. But the plane was able to land safely at Denver International Airport.
In a statement, Boeing said, “We are closely monitoring the recent incident involving United Airlines Flight UA328.”
At the same time, the company said, “While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating, we recommend suspending the operation of 69 in-service and 59 in-storage aircraft with Pratt & Whitney 4000-115 engines.” It is time for the FAA to identify the appropriate inspection protocol.
“We support the decision of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and the FFA’s decision to suspend the operation of 777 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” the statement added.