When PIA came into being in 14th August, 1947 there was only one airline in operation called Orient Airline. After some time two more airlines Pakistan Air Limited and Cresent Airways started commercial operation. None of these small air service companies could succeed to cover the requirements of the Air Traffic of the country. Ultimately two of these failed to continue their operation. In 1952 Orient Airways was the only operational company operating on domestic routes.
The govt. and the people of Pakistan were sincerely struggling hard for development of their country with the aim to reach to the similar level of advancement as of other free nations of the world. Communication system is the basic requirement of country. So in 1955 the Govt. took an initiative and passed an ordinance to form an air fleet under the name of Pakistan international airlines (PIA) to meet the needs of domestic and international air traffic.
PIA began operation on Karachi-Dhaka sector with three aircrafts in 1955. later PIA and Orient Airways, a private carrier, were merged to form PIAC (Pakistan International Airline Company). Over the years PIA gradually expanded its network and is now serving 83 destinations.
OBJECTIVES OF PIA:
According to PIAC Act 1956, following are the main objectives of PIA Corporation.
I. To provide and further develop safe, efficient, adequate, economical and properly coordinated domestic as well as international air transport system.
II. To operate any air-transport service or any flight by aircraft for a commercial or other purpose, and to carry out all forms of aerial work.
III. To acquire, own, run, manage or participate in the running of management of, any hotel or business connected therewith.
IV. To provide for the instruction and training in matters connected with aircraft or flight by aircraft of persons employed or desirous of being employed either by the Corporation or by any other person.
V. With the