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Less formally known as PIA or Pakistan International, the Pakistan International Airlines is the national flag carrier and a state-owned enterprise of the Government of Pakistan. The airline has its headquarter at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, which is in fact, PIA's primary hub. Its secondaru hubs are Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore) and Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Islamabad and Rawalpindi). Its main bases are at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Secondary bases include Peshawar, Faisalabad, Quetta, Sialkot and Multan. The airline operates scheduled services to 24 domestic destinations and 38 international destinations in 27 countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Talking of the history of PIA, it has placed milstones in aviation by being the first Asian airline to operate a jet aircrafts and Boeing 737 aircrafts. Till today, it remains Pakistan's largest airline with a fleet size of 33 airplanes and over 20 more on order.Founded in 1946 (as Orient Airways), Pakistan International Airways focuses on Dubai for the airline with flights to Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta. Presently, the airline has codeshare agreements with China Southern Airlines (SkyTeam), Thai Airways International (Star Alliance), and Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance). PIA has a fleet size of 26 (including 8 Airbus A310-300, 6 ATR 42-500, 3 Boeing 747-300, 4 Boeing 777-200ER, 2 Boeing 777-200LR and 3 Boeing 777-300ER. The airline also offer frequent flyer programme;
PIA has a fleet size of 26 (including 8 Airbus A310-300, 6 ATR 42-500, 3 Boeing 747-300, 4 Boeing 777-200ER, 2 Boeing 777-200LR and 3 Boeing 777-300ER. The airline also offer frequent flyer programme;PIA Awards Plus+, which has 3 tiers of membership - Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond. This programme and memberships allows passengers to get free tickets, cabin upgrades, special deal and variety of perks.
Pakistan International Airlines Top Flight Routss
Operating from its major hub Jinnah International Airport, Pakistan International Airlines serves to a number of destinations across the world. The airline has fleet size of 26 aircrafts, which helps it serving to 22 domestic and 30 international destinations in 21 countries across Asia, Europe and North America from its home bases Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad. Dubai is its major focus city with flights to Dera Ghazi Khan, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar. Kabul (Afghanistan), Austria (Vienna), Azerbaijan (Baku), Bahrain (Bahrain), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Beijing (China), Toronto (Canada), Copenhagen (Denmark), Cairo (Egypt), Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong, Delhi & Mumbai (India), Mashhad (Iran), Milan (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), Kuwait City, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Kathmandu (Nepal), Oslo (Norway), Muscat (Oman), Doha (Qatar), Dammam, Jeddah, Medina & Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Barcelona (Spain), Abu Dhabi & Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Birmingham, London & Manchester (United Kingdom) and New York City (United States) are some of the other international cities which is connected by PIA. However, the top Routss of PIA are Islamabad to Karachi, Lahore to Dubai, Lahore to Karachi and Lahore to Quetta and occasional flights from Peshawar to Abu Dhabi and Karachi to Abu Dhabi.
New security rules at various airports its free baggage allowance for Europe and US destinations to improve baggage service to its valued customers in current scenario. It should be in 2 pieces of 28 Kg each for business cabin and two pieces of 23 Kg each for economy cabin (for USA and Canada only). The checked baggage for Economy class should be 20 Kg per passenger, for Economy Plus Class it should be 25 Kg and for Business Plus class two pieces per passengers with total weight of two pieces not exceeding 30 Kg. The hand carry baggage for Economy and Economy plus class must not exceed 7 Kg, while Business Class passengers can carry a maximum of 12 Kg (including 1 piece of 7 Kg) ad one small brief case of 5 Kg. Baggage policy is subject to change anytime thus passengers can visit airline's website for more information.
Pakistan International Airlines Facilities & Services
Pakistan International Airlines provides admirable in-flight services and facilities to make your onboard journey memorable. While relaxing cheerfully in your comfortable seat, choose to watch a number of in-flight entertainment items including fine selection of movies, TV programmes, cartoons, music and games. Apart from the entertainment quotient, PIA offers a wide range of gourmet delights that will tantalize your taste buds. The in-flight dining menu includes special breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to munch on while enjoying movies or music. The airline also offer special meals. However, it should be considered that the menus may vary as per flights and destinations. The passengers can also enjoy reading the PIA’s bi-monthly in-flight magazine, ‘Humsafar’ available onboard. Besides, general Urdu and English newspapers and magazines are also available to all Business Plus and Economy Plus class passengers. Free newspapers are provided to all Economy class passengers. You can also enjoy duty free shopping for various items.
Pakistan International Airlines Check-in
As per Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s check-in policy, passengers can check-in and obtain their boarding passes as early as 72 hours before departure of flight. Passengers can reach at the boarding gate as late as 30 minutes prior the flight departure. It should be noted that the service is only available to those passengers travelling without checked luggage. At present, city check-in facilities are available at Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad airports only. In fact, guests travelling with only hand luggage can check-in at special ‘No Wait’ counters at designated airports like, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. In addition, travelers flying between the any two destinations within a 12-hour time period from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, the return check-in facility is available. The check-in policies are subject to change, for complete details, passengers can visit airline’s website. Passengers are advised to reach minimum 2 hours before departure time for domestic flights and minimum 4 hours prior to departure time for international flights.