Pakistan’s airline industry poised to take new heights

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Country’s airline industry is poised to take new heights as a day after the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) gave its aircrafts a new look with new logo and design, PIA’s A320 landed on Saturday at New Islamabad International Airport, making a history as it was the first mock up flight at the new airport.


PIA’s A320 departed from Benazir Bhutto International Airport on PK-9001 at 1:00 pm and landed at New Islamabad International Airport at 1:30 pm with a purpose to assess the operation ability of the new airport.

The PIA President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Musharraf Rasool Cyan also boarded the mock flight.

The flight was scheduled to take off at 12:30 pm but was delayed as the boarding process of some PIA pilots and their families who were on board the flight took longer than expected.

The state-of-the-art New Islamabad International Airport will become fully operational for regular international and domestic flights from April 20, 2008.

It is worth mentioning here that prior to that, the Federal Capital didn’t have its own airport as Benazir Bhutto International Airport located in Rawalpindi’s Chaklala area was used for Islamabad-bound flights.Pakistan’s airline industry poised to take new heights

The new airport – located near Fateh Jang – spreads over 19 square kilometers with 15 jetties including facilities to accommodate the World’s largest airplane. It is the biggest international airport of the Country in terms of landing and passenger handling facilities.

The New Islamabad International Airport has two runways each 3.5 kilometer long.

Earlier on Friday, PIA introduced its new logo and design which include a painting of the Markhor, the national animal which inhabits the mountainous regions of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s airline industry poised to take new heights

“I appreciate the efforts to rebrand the image of PIA and this strategy is practiced worldwide. Markhor is a national animal which is a fighter and does not lose heart in the hard time as he has courage to climb the mountain regardless of the difficulties. PIA will also touch the heights in the same manner”, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan said while inaugurating the new corporate look of PIA in Islamabad.

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