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Pakistan International Airlines

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About Pakistan International Airlines

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Pakistan headquarters

Karachi - Pakistan

Main operational airport

Jinnah International Airport (KHI)

Number of destinations covered by PIA Airline


Most popular destination


Most popular routes


Year of establishment


Parent company

Aviation Division, ‎GoP

Popular fleet

BOEING 777, Airbus A320, ATR42-500, ATR72-5

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Originally known as 'Orient Airways', Pakistan airlines acquired its new name in 1955. Pakistan International Airlines, shortened to PIA, is the national carrier of Pakistan. With its main aim to cater to Pakistanis, PIA has proved to be the country's backbone in the aviation industry as it continued operations even during war and disruption. PIA flights cover 4 continents, intending to offer excellent services, innovative products, and on-time performance.

PIA's frequent flyer program, Awards+, rewards members with plenty of deals and discounts, including free tickets, excess baggage, and seat upgrade.

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PIA’s Historical Highlights: 




4 Douglas DC-3s were purchased.


The Government of Pakistan formed a state-owned airline and invited Orient Airways to merge. The same year also marked the airline's first scheduled international service to London via Cairo and Rome.


Orders for 2 Super Constellations and 5 Viscounts were placed and delivered in 1959. 

March 1960

Pakistan International Airlines launched its first Boeing 707 jet service.


Pakistan International Airlines placed orders for Fokker F-27s, Boeing 720Bs, and Sikorsky helicopters. Moreover, PIA’s helicopter services transported over 70,000 passengers during the first year of operation.


With representatives of FAI (Federation Aeronautique International), PIA made history for the fastest flight between London and Karachi. Until today, this record (6 hours, 43 minutes, 51 seconds) remains unbroken. 


With a Boeing 720B, PIA became the first airline ever from a non-communist country to fly into the People’s Republic of China. 


Pakistan International Airlines expanded its fleet with a Boeing 720B and 2 Fokker F-27s.


PIA became the first airline to get an initial certification in Safety Management System (SMS) by Civil Aviation Authority CAA – Pakistan. 

Pakistan International Airlines Fleet

PIA operates a fleet of modern aircraft characterized by comfort and style. PIA’s advanced aircraft range from the popular Boeing 777 to the quiet Airbus A-320.

Aircraft Type

Model/ Version


B 777-300ER

  • 777-340ER
  • 777-340ER
  • 777-340ER
  • 777-300ER

B 777-200ER

  • 777-240ER
  • 777-240ER
  • 777-240ER
  • 777-240ER
  • 777-240ER
  • 777-240ER

B 777-240LR

  • 777-240LR
  • 777-240LR

A 320

  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-214
  • A320-216
  • A320-216
  • A320-214

ATR 72-212A

  • ATR 72-212A
  • ATR 72-212A
  • ATR 72-212A
  • ATR 72-212A

ATR 42-500

  • ATR 42-500
  • ATR 42-500
  • ATR 42-500


PIA Cargo is a well-established and reliable name in the field of commercial cargo. It began service in 1974, offering cargo services to USA, Hong Kong, and Europe on B-707 aircraft. 

Besides cargo services, PIA Cargo arranges on-demand domestic and international charter flights to transport lift meat, livestock, and relief goods. The commodities PIA transports include:

  • Seafood, meat, seasonal fruits, and vegetables
  • Textiles, paper products, cars, aircraft parts, heavy machinery, laboratory/surgical equipment, and human remains.
  • Relief goods, live animals, and medical supplies. 

For more information, visit PIA Cargo official website.

Pakistan International Airlines Codeshare Partners

Since a codeshare agreement is one way to expand services to more destinations, Pakistan International Airlines has partnered with the below airlines:

(Partners Source)

Pakistan International Airlines services for Economy Class and Business Class

Economy Class

  • Hot meals featuring Pakistani cuisine & international dishes
  • Snacks, sandwiches & beverages on long flights
  • Inflight entertainment options

Business Class


  • Lounge access in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports
  • Spacious seats with legroom
  • ‘Fast Track’ upon arrival


Pakistan International Airlines Baggage Allowance

Hand and Checked Baggage Size Allowed 

Class of Travel





(38L, 22W & 55H) 115 cms


(38L, 22W & 55H) 115 cms

Executive / Business


01pc 07 KG

(38L, 22W & 55H)115 cms

& One small Brief Case 05 KG


01pc 07 KG

(38L, 22W & 55H)115 cms

& One small Brief Case 05 KG


Pakistan International Airlines Check-in Information

Web check-in is currently only available for domestic flights between Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. It opens between 24 hours and 6 hours before the scheduled departure. Furthermore, passengers should have a printed copy of their boarding pass and head to the check-in counter for baggage drop.

FAQs for Pakistan International Airlines

  • Does Pakistan International Airlines allow web check-in?

    Yes, Pakistan International Airlines allows web check-in.

  • Does Pakistan International Airlines provide online seat selection?

    Yes, Pakistan International Airlines offers online seat selection at a nominal fee or free. It depends on your flight booking.

  • Can I cancel my flight on Pakistan International Airlines?

    Almosafer would help you with cancellations. Make sure to check our cancellation policy before making any changes. Furthermore, Cancellation information can be found via your booking details.

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  • Does Pakistan International Airlines offer priority boarding?

    Pakistan International Airlines provide priority boarding to business and first-class passengers, passengers with frequent flyer status or loyalty program members, and passengers with disabilities or special needs.

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