Pakistan International

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Introduction

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. Karachi is it main hub while its secondary hubs are Lahore and Islamabad.

Fleet

As of 2017, PIA has 32 passenger Aircraft, 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. 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. PIA also facilitated to establish Emirates by leasing two of its aircraft that were an Airbus A300 and a Boeing 737-300, as well as providing mechanical and managerial support to the nascent carrier in the mid-1980s.

Planetariums

PIA Planetarium was opened in Karachi as well as planetariums in Lahore and Peshawar. These planetariums presented retired PIA aircraft on demonstrations for informative and observational purposes.

Brief Histroty

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 nationalized 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.

As of 2016, PIA is going through a procedure of privatization 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.

In 1961, the airline announced its first trans-Atlantic course from Karachi to New York via London. In 1962, it expanded its fleet by placing orders for Boeing 720s, Fokker F27 Friendships, and Sikorsky helicopters. Also in 1962, a PIA Boeing 720B from London to Karachi established a world record for speed over a commercial airline flying with a speed of 938.78 km/h, a record which still holds to this day. When diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China were established, PIA started flying to Beijing in 1964, became the first airline of a non-communist country to fly to China.
In 192, PIA introduced a new international route to Tripoli, with the establishment of cordial ties between the Libyan and Pakistani governments.

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 the 1980s PIA was regarded as Asia’s best airline. The Somali Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Malta and Yemenia are just a handful of airlines that benefited from PIA providing technical and administrative assistance as well as by leasing different aircraft to these foreign airline companies.

Domestic Fares

Islamabad to Karachi

From Rs.9600/- per person

Lahore to Karachi

From Rs.6950/- per person

Islamabad to Lahore

From Rs.7500/- per person

Islamabad to Quetta

From Rs.10500/- per person

Islamabad to Karachi

From Rs.9600/- per person

Islamabad to Karachi

From Rs.9600/- per person

Islamabad to Karachi

From Rs.9600/- per person

Lahore to Quetta

From Rs.9600/- per person

Faisalabad to Karachi

From Rs.9600/- per person

Karachi to Quetta

From Rs.6500/- per person

Peshawar to Karachi

From Rs.8900/- per person

Karachi to Lahore

From Rs.9600/- per person