NEW YORK: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has signed deal to sell its routes to US and Europe, apparently due to shortage of airplanes, Geo News reported.

Sources were of the view that as per agreement, PIA airbuses, on all incoming and outgoing routes, will fly as far as Turkey, from where, Turkish airplanes will fly till US and Europe with PIA passengers on board.

The deal will be effective from March 2011 while the agreement will be made public within some weeks.

Sources also said that new PIA flights will be started for Houston, US, in order to send people message that PIA is still in operation on US routes.

PIA airbuses being used for US routes now, will then be operated on routes to Beijing and Sydney, sources claimed.

Even PIA’s MD Captain Haroon flew on Turkish airline for US journey, sources claimed further.