LAHORE - PIA management can face tough time tomorrow as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of PIA Employees backed by more than 90 percent associations and unions of the PIA employees were thinking to go on strike on Tuesday (tomorrow) demanding cancellation of PIA-Turkish Airline agreement, said sources in JAC on Sunday. A senior member of JAC, seeking anonymity, said we had fixed February 07, as deadline for the cancellation of the deadly agreement but PIA management is paying no heed towards our demands. We will also hold press conference on Monday (today) at Islamabad to announce our protest including, Go Slow, Go by Book, Pen Down and all sorts of strikes which could paralysed the PIA flight operation. Another office bearer said that the JAC was fully backed by more than 90 percent associations and unions of the PIA employees including Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA), Society of Aircraft Engineers Pakistan (SEAP), Flight Engineers Association (FENA), Air League, PIACE while Peoples Unity, Aircraft Technicians Association Pakistan (ATAP) and Senior Staff Association (SSA) were backing partially and United Union would decide of its support on Monday (today). Sources claimed that MD PIA was busy in formation of lobby in Islamabad in government circles to get their support over the issue rather than taking employees into confidence. They blamed that PIA management has paid Rs 150 millions to 'BMA Capital a local company to prepare a feasibility report of the agreement and $6 millions to a British company for consultancy. JAC office bearers claimed that they have also included removal of MD from his office in their demands apart from the cancellation of agreement with Turkish airline. They said that PIA was facing Rs 60 millions on daily basis from the time the present MD took over the charge of his office. During the tenure of MD, PIA accumulated losses have further risen by over 108pc during the period April 2008 to September 2010. The problem is not with revenues but operating costs, handling charges, maintenance costs and other contracts. PIA seat factor is well above 76pc which is more than 71pc of Turk Hava Yollari which has shown profits, a senior PIA officer said. According to the record of discussion signed by MD PIA and CEO of Turk Hava Yollari, there will be 21 weekly frequency of flights between Pakistan and Turkey with TK operating 4 weekly flights between Istanbul and Karachi and 3 between Istanbul and Islamabad on Temporary Operating Permit initially, while PK will be operating 14 of these flights. PIA will feed TK with passengers for connection by Turkish Airlines after it suspends its flights to NYC, CHI, BCN, AMS, FRA and MXP. PIA will maintain its sales office at these stations, where its operation will cease and become a GSA for Turkish Airlines. TK will only offer joint partnership to PIA on its flights to Bombay, Dacca, Kathmandu, Colombo and Male. The interesting part is that TK only operates flights to Bombay, which it will not even suspend and hence has no substantial passenger loads to offer to PIA on these sectors. This agreement is a gross violation of the business plan submitted by PIA to Exim Bank USA for financing the current Boeing 777 fleet that was procured by Ch Ahmed Saeed under the Musharraf junta. The Business Plan submitted before acquisition of existing Boeing 777 fleet extends uptil 2013 and was signed after evaluation of experts of Exim Bank in Washington and PIA marketing and Finance with pre-requisite that PIA will increase utilisation of the 777 fleet and thereby generate additional revenues to facilitate debt servicing installments on its own. The expected increase in revenues was based on the assumption that PIA would have a better product in the form of Boeing 777 operating on direct or one-stop flights without any change of aircraft. The projected revenue rise will be lost, the moment PIA passengers are no longer offered this choice when they will be made to change not only aircrafts but a different airline at Istanbul on routes where they pay more or same fare offered by other regional airlines in the Gulf. Further when PIA fails to provide the guarantee capacity to TK it may lead to penalties.