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Pakistan International Airlines

Even though the airline is going through major restructuring since 2016, the PIA has a stellar history and unfathomable potential.
PIA is the national flag carrier of Pakistan. Its main hub is Karachi while Lahore and Islamabad are its secondary hubs.

The airline was founded on 23 October 1946 as Orient Airways. It was formerly centred in Calcutta before the Partition of British India. Orient Airways was nationalised on 10 January 1955 and renamed as Pakistan International Airlines. In 1955, PIA’s first international flight was en route to London, via Cairo and Rome. It was the first Asian airline to fly the Lockheed Super Constellation. More recently, it was the launch customer of the Boeing 777. The airline also owns The Roosevelt Hotel and Sofitel Paris Scribe Hotel.

It is Pakistan’s largest airline with a fleet of more than 30 aeroplanes. As of 2016, PIA is going through a procedure of privatisation to shift management to the private sector. PIA operates scheduled services to 22 domestic destinations and 28 international destinations across Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America. It operates nearly 100 flights daily.

The airline introduced its first trans-Atlantic route Karachi-New York via London in 1961. In 1962, it expanded its fleet by placing orders for Boeing 720s, Fokker F27 Friendships, and Sikorsky helicopters. On 2 January 1962, a PIA Boeing 720B from London to Karachi established a world record for speed over a commercial airline route for powered land planes of 938.78 km/h (582.98 mph), a record which still holds to this day. Upon the establishment of ties between Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China, PIA started flying to Beijing in 1964, becoming the first airline of a non-communist country flying to the People’s Republic of China.

With the establishment of cordial ties between the Libyan and Pakistani governments in the early 70s, PIA added a new international route, Tripoli, to its map in 1972.  It also was the first non-communist airline to fly to China. In 1974, PIA launched Pakistan International Cargo, offering air freight and cargo services.

The latter half of the decade witnessed further expansion of PIA’s fleet with the introduction of Boeing 747s through either leased or purchased aircraft. During this decade PIA was regarded as Asia’s best airline.  For the first time since its inauguration, PIA started providing technical and administrative assistance or leased aircraft to foreign airlines including Somali Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Malta and Yemenia. A subsidiary of PIA also started providing hotel management services in the United Arab Emirates towards the end of the decade.

 

The 1980s decade began with the opening of a cargo handling centre at Karachi airport, duty-free shops, the first C and D safety checks on its entire fleet, as well as the introduction of airline’s first Airbus A300B4-203 aircraft.

In the following years, PIA Planetarium was inaugurated in Karachi which was followed by planetariums in Lahore and Peshawar. These planetariums featured retired PIA aircraft on display for educational or observational purposes. Two more retired Boeing 720B aircraft were donated to the planetariums in Karachi and Lahore later on.

Also in 1985, five new Boeing 737-300s were introduced to PIA’s fleet, making PIA the first Asian airline with such a diverse aircraft fleet. In the mid-1980s, PIA also helped establish Emirates by leasing two of its aircraft – an Airbus A300 and a Boeing 737-300 – as well as providing technical and administrative assistance to the new carrier.

As of 2017, PIA has 32 passenger aircrafts, 11 Airbus A320-200, 5 ATR 42-500, 5 ATR 72-500, 6 Boeing 777-200ER, 2 Boeing 777-200LR and 3 Boeing 777-300ER.