Pakistan Airlines currently has 29 aircraft in its fleet: 11 Airbus A320s, 6 ATR-42/72s and 12 Boeing 777s.
Pakistan International Airways was initially established as a company under the name Orient Airways before the founding of Pakistan by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the later founder of the state. Orient Airways started with three DC-3s. In the late 1940s, the airline ran into financial problems.
In 1951, Pakistan International Airlines was founded as an official state airline, initially flying only in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). PIA took over the ailing Orient Airways in 1955 and thus first became an internationally active airline. Today, PIA is Pakistan's state-owned airline, based in Karachi.
From the hub in Karachi and the two other bases in Lahore and Islamabad, more than 50 national and international destinations are currently offered. Within Pakistan, for example, to Peshawar, Faisalabad, Sukkur or Sialkot, and internationally to Muscat, Dubai, Jeddah, Baku, Toronto, London Heathrow, Manchester or Paris.