PIA – Pakistan’s Flag Carrier Airline Service
If you’ve lived in Pakistan or have spent some time in the country you really can’t miss hearing about Pakistan International Airlines or PIA and we mean that in a good way. The nation’s main flag carrier airline service has been in operation since 1946, before the inception of the state. It was nationalized in 1955 almost 8 years after the partition. Then in the early 90’s the airline was supposedly going to be privatized but that never happened, however the govt. has outsourced several operations within the airlines such as catering, ground handling and engineering.
It is currently Pakistan’s largest airline service with a fleet of 30+ airplanes that include Boeing 777’s, 747 and Airbus A320s, A310s and ATRs. Although it has seen some rough patches over the years, the airline overall has a pretty decent safety record in its tenure of more than 70 years. PIA airlines is also one of the few from 3rd world countries that comply with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). It is a primary requirement for an airline in order to maintain its IATA membership. It also ensures that member airlines meet set safety and operational standards.
PIA Flights – Domestic and International
Domestically, you will find it easy to get a PIA flight to anyone of the 22 destinations it offers flights to. The cities include Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Gwadar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Chitral, Gilgit, and Quetta among others within Pakistan. Internationally the carrier flies to 28 international destinations across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Some notable cities include Dubai, Jeddah, London, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Abu-Dhabi, Riyadh and Paris among many others.
PIA also offers special services such as cargo operations, it has a dedicated cargo operations unit that specifically deals with the transport of goods and other things within and outside of the country. It provides charter flights within the country to private corporations and individual customers. It also provides dedicated services for two months during Hajj. It transports over a 100,000 pilgrims every year to and from the cities of Jeddah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia, to cities in Pakistan. Being the flag carrier, the airlines also works as the State Officials’ main transportation to wherever they are required to go. With nearly 100 flights a day, it is a pretty big entity.
PIA Airline Over the Years
Throughout the years, PIA airline has done well to keep up with the latest technological trends and have upgraded themselves, their standards and fleet as well. They have their own company operated offices as well as agents both online and physical to assist its customers and provide ease of PIA flight booking. If you travel a lot then you’re in luck as this airline offers a frequent flyers program, where you can get valuable points that can be redeemed for various privileges in the form of rewards.
Online PIA Reservation and PIA Tickets
Using the power of the Internet, PIA has now expanded its agents online as well, thus allowing for websites such as checkin.pk to act as an accredited PIA booking agent and offer one-stop solutions to those who wish to get a PIA booking. Through this website, people can easily compare PIA fares to the many destinations where flights are offered as well as book PIA tickets and/or make a PIA reservation. So if you have a destination in mind and don’t want to leave the comfort of your home then you are at the right place.
PIA Cheap Domestic Flights
Through the easy-to-use checkin.pk interface people can easily compare rates and choose PIA cheap domestic flights without any hassle. The interface allows you to easily check the fares and also see in comparison flight costs on other days.
PIA Cheap International Flights
Besides checking the fares for the domestic flights you can also check fares for PIA Cheap International Flights with a click of a button on checkin.pk. The same details that are provided in the domestic search such as comparison of flight costs are also available for International flights..