- Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
It was the brainchild of founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah who asked Mr. M.A. Ispahani, a leading industrialist, to set up a national airline. In October 1946 Orient Airways was created.
As Orient Airways was a privately owned company, with limited capital and resources, the Government of Pakistan decided to form a state-owned airline and invited Orient Airways to merge with it. The outcome of the merger was the birth of a new airline named, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on January 10, 1955.
PIA, during its six decades of existence, has achieved many historic firsts. PIA was the first Asian Airline to introduce a pure jet aircraft. It introduced Boeing 707-320 jet aircraft in 1959-1960. In 1962, PIA broke the record for the fastest flight between London and Karachi. In 1964, PIA earned the distinction of becoming the first airline from a non-communist country to fly into the People’s Republic of China. It was the first entity in Pakistan to install an IBM1401 computer in 1966-67. PIA was the first airline in the world to operate a scheduled helicopter service as well to start an Air Safari with jet aircraft in 1993-94. PIA was the launch customer of the latest Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
A new Jet Hangar for Boeings with a supporting airframe overhaul shop was completed and commissioned in 1968. Besides visible development and growth in traffic and revenues in the 60’s, PIA added new destinations, equipment, and cutting-edge technology to support its ever expanding operations. In the 70’s, PIA set up its own Flight Kitchen in Karachi, which today provides catering services to the national airline as well as other carriers. In the 80’s, along with the automation of budget, finance, revenue and other important areas, PIA set up the first ever Planetarium of Pakistan at Karachi. During the 90’s PIA’s era of growth and development continued unabated as the airline operated globally covering the domestic landscape and international destinations spread over 4 continents.
Pakistan International Airlines
Dnata Travel Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
Landmark: Near EPPCO Petrol Station
P.O.Box: 12858, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 3166699
Toll Free: 80004411270