Pakistan International Airlines stated the European Union lifted a three-year ban on aircraft for safety reasons. PIA spokesman Sultan Hassan stated: "Almost half our fleet of 40 aircraft had been affected by the ban. Now all our aircraft have been cleared after a safety audit and this will help us gain business" (Bloomberg, 29-Oct-2010).
Pakistan International Airlines states EU lifts ban on aircraft
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