List of airlines of Pakistan

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Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777-200

The Pakistan aviation industry started with the Orient Airways, founded on 23 October 1946. Orient Airways commenced operations with four Douglas DC-3s on 4 Jun1947 and ceased it's operations on 11 Mar 1955 by merging into the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC; founded in 1954) to become the national flag carrier of Pakistan called Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

PIA remained the main operator since its founding till the early 1990s, although several private airlines initiated and ceased operations during this time. These included Pak Air (1948–49), Pakistan Mercantile Corporation (1948), Crescent Air Transport (1952–54) and Agricultural Aviation (1973–75), although the latter merged into ASSL which is still operational.

The privatisation reforms of early 1990s and a flexible Aviation Policy led to the initiation of several private airlines, resulting in a major growth in the Pakistani aviation market with 5 new private airlines launching operations (Aero Asia International, Bhoja Air, Hajvairy Airlines, Raji Airlines, Schoen Air and Shaheen Air International) and offering some competition to the national flag carrier.

The private airlines did very well to compete with the well established flag carrier, PIA which was controlled by the government. However, this was not to last as the UN placed economic sanctions on Pakistan that caused the airline market to suffer. It caused two of the four airlines to file for bankruptcy and liquidate their assets. The airline industry remained quite stable with PIA developing a strong hold on the international and domestic market for many years. It was not until the early 21st century that the industry started to pick up again that allowed the entry of a new carrier in the market, Airblue which launched operations with new state of the art aircraft. As of August 2007, the aviation market is developing and allowing more services and facilities to be inaugurated as well as the development of a brand new airport to be built for the capital at Fateh Jang.

Current airlines[edit]

As of April 2015, there are four active airlines that operate both domestic and international flights from Pakistan.

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hubs
Airblue Airbus A320-214, Airblue AN2243785.jpg PA ABQ AIRBLUE Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
ASSL Aircraft Sales & Services Limited (ASSL) Fokker F-27-500 Friendship Asuspine-1.jpg - ACS AIRCRAFT SALES Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Air Indus I6 MPK AIR INDUS Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Askari Aviation 4K AAS AL-AAS -
Pakistan Aviators & Aviation - - - Allama Iqbal International Airport (Lahore)
Pakistan International Airlines Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A310 at Leeds Bradford Airport (taken by Flickr user 2nd July 2011).jpg PK PIA PAKISTAN Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Princely Jets Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604, Princely Jets JP7711060.jpg - PJP PRINCELY JETS Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Royal Airlines R0 RPK ROYAL PAKISTAN Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Shaheen Air NL SAI SHAHEEN AIR Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Star Air Aviation Star Air Aviation Boeing 727-200F Asuspine-1.jpg 6S URJ STARAV Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Vision Air International - VIS DREAM BIRD Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)

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