Main Page

History of PIA - Pakistan International Airlines




In 1991, designed by Negus and Negus of London, PIA unveiled its sporty 90s look. Upper fuselage was in white color with titles, Pakistan International, reduced to just one word: Pakistan in green color. PIA initials in stylized Urdu were retained and were painted in grass green color on the upper fuselage of 747s and on the lower fuselage of other aircraft of the fleet. Fin livery comprised the white PIA initials on an all green fin with white color leading edge. On the lower fuselage, a broad green band covered the belly of aircraft and was cut off forward by three angled chevrons of dark green, grass green and pale blue color. The dark green chevron represented the famous PIA green and Pakistan's beauty and fertility. Sporty grass green and pale blue chevrons, a symbol of sport, highlighted PIA's sponsorship of games of every kind. No other airline in the world has supported the cause of sport and sportsmen worldwide, the way PIA has.

In 1997, to celebrate Pakistan's fifty years of independence, PIA named its aircraft after various Pakistani cities and landmarks. The names along with a specially designed logo were applied below aircraft's flight deck windows. The list of names given to PIA aircraft in 1997 can be viewed on the bottom of this page.

PIA Airbus A310-308

Airbus A310-308  (Copyright Chris Sheldon)

AP-BDZ seen on take off from runway 15 of Birmingham Airport. Chris took this action photo on January 7, 2003

PIA Boeing 747-240B (SCD)

Boeing 747-240B (SCD)  (Copyright Chris Sheldon)

AP-BAK seen on take off from runway 24L of Manchester Airport. Chris took this photo on September 13, 2003

PIA Boeing 737-340

Boeing 737-340  (Copyright Dietmar Schreiber)

Dietmar took this photo of AP-BFT at Dubai Airport on March 21, 2002

PIA Airbus A300B4-203

Airbus A300B4-203  (Copyright ATDB)

AP-BEL seen at Sharjah Airport, UAE, in February of 1995

PIA AIrbus A300B4-203

Airbus A300B4-203  (Copyright ATDB)

This photo shows AP-BFL at Sharjah Airport, UAE, in November of 1998. To celebrate Pakistan's 50 years of independence, a specially designed small marking was applied on all PIA aircraft. Each aircraft was given name of a Pakistani city and this name was painted below the special marking. In this photo you can see this specially designed marking applied under the flight deck windows of AP-BFL. Painted below this marking, in very small text, is the name "City of Abbotabad" given to AP-BFL

Site Map

Privacy Policy

  Main Page   Forums

Copyright  Abbas Ali. This page is part of website.