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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the flag carrier of Pakistan and operates both domestic and international flights. The airline's hub airport is at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and has codeshare agreements with China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airways, Thai Airways International and Turkish Airlines.
PIA's Interline partners with following partner airlines offer a wider choice of travel with comfort and convenience of flight connections till the final destination. PIA has interline agreements with Westjet, Air Canada, American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air France and Sri Lankan Airlines.
The airline operates scheduled services to 29 international destinations in 25 countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Its main bases are Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad/Rawalpindi. PIA’s vast network spans the globe. PIA, the flag carrier of Pakistan, is a host of famous international destinations.
Pakistan International Airlines flies to many destinations including Kabul, Bahrain, Dhaka, Toronto, Beijing, Copenhagen, Paris, Delhi, Milan, Mumbai, Tokyo, Kuwait City, Kuala Lumpur, Quetta, Turbat, Zhob, Gilgit, Skardu, Chirtral and many others.
Domestic destinations that Pakistan International Airlines fly to include Bahawalpur, Chitral, Dadu, Dalbandin, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gilgit, Gwadar, Kadanwari, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rahim Yar Khan, Skardu, Sialkot, Sawan, Sukkur, Turbat, Zamzama and Zhob.
Pakistan International Airlines' fleet consists of A320s, A310s, ATR 42 and 72s and B777s.
Pakistan International Airlines allows its passengers on domestic flights one piece, a maximum of 20kg per passenger and for Buiness Plus, two pieces per passenger with total weight of two pieces not exceeding 30kg. Excess Baggage will be per piece instead of per kg and additional piece up to 28 Kg will be charged a flat rate of PKR 3000+CED (central excise duty) regardless of the sector.
New security rules at various airports have compelled PIA to revise its free baggage allowance for Europe and US destinations to improve baggage service to its valued customers in current scenario.
The free baggage allowance will be two pieces of 28 KGS each for Economy Cabin and 32 KGS for Business Cabin (For USA and Canada Only).
Excess Baggage Charges from USA to PAK is 110.00 USD per piece.
Pakistan International Airlines Business Plus Class offers passengers a range of exclusive services, where customized seats are designed in Italy and Switzerland and provide amazing levels of leg-room and shoulder space.
Business Plus Lounges will serve passengers at all international and major domestic stations.
For the comfort of Business Class passengers at Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad airports, PIA has its own exclusive Business Plus Lounges. PIA's hospitable staff will ensure that passengers are well looked after during the stay at the airport. PIA's Business Plus Lounges are equipped with the latest magazines and newspapers, Internet access, cable television, and snacks, so passengers can enjoy the best of Pakistani traditions in a modern, comfortable environment. The PIA experience extends to every part of your trip.
As a Business Plus passenger, you can avail a number of exclusive on-ground privileges to facilitate your airport arrivals and departures at Karachi and Islamabad (Domestic).
When you arrive at the airport, you can easily spot PIA's Business Plus Kerb-Side counters. Our Business class passengers traveling from Karachi can also enjoy the privilege of availing the exclusive porter services. PIA's efficient, trained porters in sparkling white uniforms will collect your baggage and take you straight to the Business Plus Check-In Counter, where you will receive priority baggage tags as well as priority boarding facilities. You won't have to queue up or worry about handling your baggage as our Business Plus porters and Check-In staff will take care of everything.
PIA operates a three-class configuration on its domestic routes:
Business, Economy Plus+ and Economy. Recliners are offered on board the Airbus A320 and select Airbus A310 aircraft.
Since September 2015, Business Class passengers on European and North American routes are offered iPads as well. In addition, PIA added new Business Class seats on board the Boeing 777-200LR, which are 180 degree lie-flat Solstys seats with bigger IFE screens, in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving direct aisle access to all passengers.
In Economy Class, all passengers on the Boeing 777 are offered seats with a 31-inch legroom and personal T.V's in a 3-3-3 configuration. On the Airbus A320, leather seats in a 3-3 configuration are offered.
PIA Premier was launched as a luxury air service in August 2016. The Airbus A330 aircraft were wet-leased from SriLankan Airlines. PIA Premier will operate six weekly flights to London, three each from Lahore and Islamabad.
PIA is pleased to introduce “Branded Fares” through its website with additional fare choices for its valued customers. New branded fares are sellable only through PIA website initially for the selected domestic sectors between Karachi – Islamabad – Karachi & Karachi – Lahore – Karachi. The new fare choice will be further expanded to cover entire domestic and international sectors shortly.
Pakistan International Airlines offers its regular passengers a frequent flyer program called Awards +Plus.
A+ Miles can be redeemed for free tickets, excess baggage vouchers, cabin upgrades and a variety of exciting rewards and special deals.
Pakistan International Airlines increases frequency of flights between Islamabad—Manchester
Pakistan International Airlines will fly between Islamabad International Airport (ISB) and Manchester Airport (MAN) seven times a week, starting from 2nd July 2018. The airline flew the same route on a variation of 5—6 times a week from July to October last year.
The service has an expected flight duration of 8 hours and 20 minutes and will carry passengers on either a 777-200ER or a 777-200LR aircraft.
Pakistan International Airlines keeps a stable 2017
Karachi is still the leading hub for Pakistan International airlines, and it's reported that the biggest market in the international community ins Saudi Arabia. A review of the past 10 years reveals several peaks and troughs in PIA’s capacity. There were three years of consecutive growth between 2008 and 2011 which resulted in two-way seat numbers peaking at 8.9 million in 2011. There then followed three years of double-digit cuts which saw seat numbers fall to a low of 5.8 million in 2014, representing a 34% reduction in capacity versus the levels of 2011. PIA’s annual reports for 2012 and 2013 explain a number of challenges the corporation faced during this period of cuts, including delays in new aircraft acquisitions to replace ageing types, economic challenges, prevailing law and order conditions in Pakistan, plus increasing competition. From 2015 onwards, the airline began adding capacity once again, with the strongest year-on-year increase taking place in 2016. From 2014 to 2017 two-way capacity had increased by 34%, although seat numbers remained static last year when looked against 2016, growing by a marginal 0.2%.
Pakistan looks to privatise national airline
A source within the Pakistani government has suggested that the country will attempt to privatise Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) before the parliamentary elections later this year. The airline has been losing money to its well-capitalised competitors such as Etihad and Emirates. An attempt to privatise PIA in 2016 was stalled by staff protests but the new Privatisation Commission has drawn up new plans for the sale. There has been some interest in acquiring PIA by the previously mentioned rivals.
19th September 2017
PIA resumes flights to Bangkok, will use A320s
In its bid to increase revenue and expand clientele, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has resumed flights to Bangkok, marking the city as its 50th destination in the world.
“PIA’s flight operation to Bangkok, [Thailand] from Karachi has commenced. The first flight PK 890 left for Bangkok from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi early Saturday morning,” the national carrier said in a press release on Saturday. This is the second international destination the state-owned airline has added in a short span of one week. PIA commenced operations to Najaf, Iraq on Thursday. PIA did have Bangkok as a destination, but shortage of aircraft and ever-accumulating debt deterred it from keeping the city on its list.
New PIA CEO to draw up revival plan by mid-Oct
The airlines said it would operate three direct flights to each of the new international destinations every week. Passages from major cities of Pakistan would be facilitated to travel to Karachi to catch the international connecting flight.
“PIA will operate the A320 aircraft for direct flights … between Karachi and Bangkok with convenient connections from major cities of Pakistan,” it said in the statement. “Flights to Bangkok make the total destinations on PIA’s network to 50.” A simple ceremony was held at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi where PIA senior officials greeted the passengers before departure of the flight for Bangkok.
Pakistan International Airlines announces plans to increase profitable routes
Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan at a ceremony organized at the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) head office on the induction of 25 Cadet Pilots who will start duties on ATR aircraft soon. Sharing his views on the occasion, the advisor pointed out that the entire process of induction was done in a transparent manner.
The individuals had to go through entry test conducted by NTS, written examination and rigorous training, he said. The advisor congratulated the trainee pilots for becoming a part of PIA family and said that the induction of pilots is an ongoing process as pilots are retiring and PIA needs to induct fresh blood in its human resource. He said that PIA also has plans to induct more aircraft in its fleet and is trying its utmost to revive the less profitable routes with better planning including increase of frequency on profitable routes.
Sardar Mehtab said that the A-310 aircraft parked in Leipzig, Germany, is still a PIA property and the issue will be resolved upon completion of legal formalities including completion of enquiry being conducted by FIA. He said we are looking for a joint venture in the Technical Ground Support department of PIA for its betterment.
Pakistan International Airlines increases frequency of Salalah-Karachi flights
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will fly four times a week to Karachi from Salalah, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), Sultanate of Oman, announced on Wednesday. Shahzad Paracha, country manager of PIA Oman, said they will be starting four flights a week from September 4. “These flights will operate on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from Salalah,” he said.
Paracha, however, clarified that PIA will stop operating direct flights to Islamabad, Lahore and Sialkot from Salalah. “Instead of flying to all these places, we will fly to Karachi and then passengers can fly to different parts of Pakistan.” He also said that this will benefit Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, who stay in the Dhofar governorate.
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Jinnah International Airport
Jinnah International Airport is the main airport serving Karachi, Pakistan. It is the hub airport for Pakistan International Airlines, airblue, Air Indus, Shaheen Air, Vision Air International.
Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Air Arabia, Emirates, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Saudia.
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