Pakistan International Airlines Aircraft Seized At Malaysia Airport Over Unpaid Dues

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Pakistan International Airlines Aircraft Seized At Malaysia Airport Over Unpaid Dues

You must not have heard of the same aircraft being seized at the same airport twice for the same reason. Have you? Well, a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft was seized at the Malaysia Airport over unpaid dues on Tuesday. This is not the first time that this aircraft has been seized at the Malaysia airport over non-payment of dues. In the last 2.5–3 years, this is the second time. 

Pakistani Aircraft Seized At Malaysia Airport

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The Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia has seized a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777 aircraft. The reason behind the authorities seizing it is a lease dispute.

The aircraft was taken on lease from Malaysia and seized for unpaid dues worth $4 million. After a court order was passed, the plane was seized. 

Following this, the aircraft could not operate the flight service back home, which was already scheduled. The Malaysian authorities announced the seizure after all the passengers had already boarded the flight. 

Whether the outstanding lease payments were owed to the same aircraft lessor as before or to a different party is still unknown. It is also unclear whether this impasse can be resolved soon or if it will take many days, as it did previously.

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Similar Incident Took Place In 2021

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The aircraft carried out a regularly scheduled trip, PK 894, from Islamabad International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia just over two years ago, in January 2021. 

The Pakistani flag airline allegedly ceased making payments in July 2020, according to the lease business. It said that a case had been brought against PIA in the London High Court in October for failing to make a $14 million leasing payment that had been overdue for six months.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), in response, asked them to reduce the overhead charges as the pandemic had hit the aviation industry badly. 

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