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Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The airline was founded on 29 October 1946 as Orient Airways, initially based in Calcutta in India, before shifting operations to the newly independent state of Pakistan in 1947. It was nationalised and merged with another airline in 1955, and Pakistan International Airlines Corporation came into existence.

The airline commenced international services in 1955 to London, via Cairo and Rome. PIA was the first non-communist airline to fly to China and first ever Asian airline as well to acquire jet aircraft by inducting a Boeing 707.

Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited (PIACL) is majority owned by the Government of Pakistan (87%) while the remainder (13%) by private shareholders. The airline is under the administration of Aviation Division . The airline is managed by President & chief executive officer as well as the board of directors.

PIA operates a cargo delivery system within Pakistan. PIA Cargo transports goods across Pakistan as well as to international destinations. These include meat and vegetables, textiles, paper products, laboratory equipment and postal mail.