Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was founded as Orient airways in 1946 based in Calcutta, India. In 1947 the independent state of Pakistan was formed and the operations shifted to Karachi. Orient Airways was nationalised to form Pakistan International Airlines Corporation. PIA airline is the national flag carrier of Pakistan. Its main operation hub is the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The secondary hubs are the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad.
The airline serves 18 domestic and 25 international destinations across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. It is Pakistan’s largest airline and operates around 100 flights daily. It was the second airline in Asia to acquire a Jet aircraft. It was the first non-communist airline to fly to China.
PIA airline has several codeshares and interline agreements with other airlines. The airline offers a Frequent Flyer program called ‘Awards +Plus’.
The airline has a modern fleet of aircraft designed to provide safe air travel to destinations. The airline’s fleet consists of 30 advanced aircraft: 12 Boeing 777, 11 Airbus A320, 3 ATR 42-500, and 4 ATR 72-500. Pakistan International Airlines is the first to operate all three variants of the 777 family - 777 - 200LR, 777 - 200ER and 777 - 300ER. It is the launch customer for 777 - 200LR and holds the record for the longest commercial jet flight.
The A320 is known to be fuel-efficient; the airline operates this aircraft on its domestic and regional short-haul routes. The ATRs use modern technology and are the latest type of aircraft to be inducted into the airline’s fleet. These are used for far-flung destinations.
The airline offers three classes of travel on all its flights. The amenities and the services offered depend on the type of PIA flight booking. The different classes of travel offered are:
This class offers comfortable seats with enough legroom. Passengers can reserve seats with more legroom for a fee.
This class offers comfortable seats with wide legroom. The passengers are provided more features with check-in procedures, seat upgrades and more.
This class offers comfortable seats which turn into lie-flat seats and offer ample legroom. The cabin is equipped with a reading light and power outlets.
The baggage allowance depends on the travel itinerary. For domestic flights, Economy class passengers can carry checked-in baggage of 20 kg and a carry-on bag of 7kg, Executive Economy class 25 kg and a carry-on bag of 7 kg and Business class 30 kg and a carry-on bag of up to 12 kg (1 piece of 7 kg and a small briefcase of 5 kg). For international flights, the passengers can check the baggage allowed for the region they are travelling to.
You can easily check the baggage policy here.
Web check-in is available for select domestic routes only. Passengers can web check-in 24 hours and 6 hours before the flight departure through the airline’s website. To web check-in, the passengers have to retrieve the PIA flight booking by entering the PNR/booking reference/e-ticket number/last name.
Confirm the details and the check-in. Up on successful check-in the message ‘Successfully Checked In Passenger(s)’ will be displayed. Passengers can either email the boarding pass or print it. Passengers have to arrive 90 minutes before the scheduled flight departure at the airport counter. Baggage can be dropped off at the airport counter.
Passengers are provided with in-flight entertainment which offers movies, tv shows, music and audio. In-flight magazine ‘Humsafar’ written in English and Urdu is offered to all the passengers and is published bi-monthly. Complimentary meals and beverages are provided and passengers can pre-book special meals as per their dietary and religious needs.
Internet is available onboard for the passengers to stay connected.
Passengers can earn miles on PIA flights or when buying the services of the airline’s partners. The airline’s Frequent Flyer program Awards +Plus offer three Tier statuses: Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond. Each Tier offers unique benefits to the passengers. Depending on the Tier status passengers can get benefits like priority check-in and boarding, priority baggage handling and delivery to the baggage carousel, additional baggage, access to the Business class lounge and more.
Assistance is provided to passengers with special needs like expectant mothers and unaccompanied minors. Passengers with mobility problems are provided wheelchair assistance. Priority seating is offered to passengers with a disability and the most suitable seat is provided depending on the needs. Passengers can select a service that best suits their needs.
Passengers can cancel PIA bookings through the sales office or the airline’s website. A cancellation fee is charged.
Pakistan International Airlines has completed 76 years of successful operations to various destinations from its hubs at Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The airline has several codeshares and interline agreements and offers a choice of travel to 102 international destinations across 40 countries.
You can easily book PIA tickets online at Cleartrip. Book one-way, round-trip or multi-city flight tickets with the lowest airfares. You can check the airline’s popular routes, baggage allowance, and flight schedules. Know about the fight status, PNR status, web check-in and more.
Cleartrip also offers an app to search for and do PIA bookings.The app offers a simple interface and is user-friendly. You can get all the required information about the flights through the app. The app also offers a search option that allows you to find the cheapest fare based on the route, travel date and the number of passengers.
The result shows the cheapest flight at the top of the list. You can select the flight and book the PIA tickets. If you have any concerns about the PIA bookings then you can contact the customer service executives who are always ready to help you.
The option for online check-in is provided only on domestic flights between Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Passengers can web check-in through the airline’s website 24 hours and 6 hours before the flight departure.
The free baggage allowed depends on the region you are travelling to. For domestic flights Economy class passengers can carry checked-in baggage of 20 kg and a carry-on bag of 7kg, Executive Economy class 25 kg and a carry-on bag of 7 kg and Business class 30 and a carry-on bag of 12 kg. For international flights, baggage allowance depends on the region you are travelling to.
No, an infant under 2 years of age does not require a separate seat on the airline.
No, online check-in is not mandatory when flying via Pakistan International Airlines.
Pakistan International Airlines serves 25 international destinations across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
The airline provides an in-flight entertainment system to all its passengers. Passengers can entertain themselves by watching movies and tv shows or listening to music or playing games.
Live animals are allowed on the airline in the baggage holds only.
No, the airline does not serve alcohol on board.
The airline’s airline code is PK.
Contact the airline for the required information.