Pakistan International Airlines facts for kids
|Founded||1946 (as Orient Airways)|
|Hubs||Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)|
|Frequent-flyer program||PIA Awards Plus+|
|Fleet size||34 (+5 on order)|
|Company slogan||"We Fly at The Right Attitude"|
|Parent company||Ministry of Defence (Government of Pakistan)|
|Headquarters||Jinnah International Airport
Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, more commonly known as Pakistan International Airlines or PIA (Urdu: پی آئی اے or پاکستان انٹرنیشنل ایرلاینز), is the flag carrier and national airline of Pakistan.
Achievements and recognitions
- First airline from an Asian country to fly the Super Constellation.
- First Asian airline to operate a jet aircraft.
- First Asian airline to be granted maintenance approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Air Registration Board, predecessor of the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
- First non-communist airline to fly to the People's Republic of China, and operate a service between Asia and Europe via Moscow.
- First airline in Asia to induct the new technology Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
- First airline in the world to operate scheduled helicopter services.
- First airline to show in-flight movies on international routes.
- The first airline in South Asia to introduce auto-ticketing facility.
- The first airline in the world to fly to Tashkent, capital of the newly independent state of Uzbekistan.
- First airline in the world to start Air Safari with jet aircraft.
- First Asian airline to start flights to Oslo, the capital city of Norway.
- First airline in the world to induct the Boeing 777-200LR, the world's longest range commercial airliner.
- First airline in the world to take delivery of the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner (Longer Range Variant).
- Pakistan International Airlines Flight Services Department was awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification award during May 2006.
- First airline in Pakistan to operate a flight with an all female crew at command and in the cabin.
- First airline in the world to operate the Boeing 777-200ER, 777-200LR and 777-300ER altogether - all the three variants currently available on the market.
- PIA Flight Kitchens in Karachi were awarded the HACCP Certification.
Images for kids
A Boeing 720 at Heathrow Airport on 24 June 1962.
Pakistan International Airlines' head office, located in Lahore
PIA Douglas DC-8-21, leased in 1977-1978
PIA Airbus A321 taking off from Islamabad Airport (2006)
In 2018, Pakistan's national animal Markhor was chosen to be introduced as the brand identity on aircraft tail. However, later the Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo motu action and barred PIA from using the Markhor as brand identity, only one Airbus A320 was painted in the livery.
Pakistan International Airlines Flight 268 Crashsite in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on 28 September 1992
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