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US consul general, PIA CEO discuss matters of mutual interest

KARACHI: The Consul General of the United States of America JoAnne Wagner on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and discussed matters of mutual interest, ARY News reported.

PIA CEO Arshad Malik requested the US delegation to open direct flights to New York, Chicago and Houston.

He also informed the visiting delegation about purchasing of new jets.

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On the occasion, JoAnne Wagner assured to contact the relevant authorities for direct flights to certain US cities from Pakistan.

Read: CEO PIA says some loss-making routes of airlines closed

She said: “We are eager to improve ties between the US and Pakistan.” She was of the view that both the countries must improve trade ties, as there were much room for furthering relations.

Last year, the Pakistan International Airlines had begun using a new passenger service system and shifted to leading Turkish IT Solutions company HITIT.

The new system marks the transition from the two decade old system by the United States, whose agreement expired yesterday and a new five-year agreement was signed with the Turkish company, PIA had said in a statement.

PIA CEO had recently said that some loss-making PIA routes have been closed. He was of the view that a corruption mafia was active in the PIA and the airlines was bearing huge losses in its operations on a number of loss-making routes.

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