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History of PIA - Pakistan International Airlines

The totally new livery of green and gold designed by London design consultants Negus and Negus was introduced on PIA's first Boeing 747-200B delivered to the airline on April 16, 1976.This livery made good use of the national colors of green and white, enhanced by a gold cabin window line above a broad peacock green band extending the length of the fuselage. The new livery for the first time introduced stylized Urdu script PIA initials designed by a London-based Chinese artist. Pakistan International titles in green alongside stylized Urdu script PIA initials in gold, were displayed on the upper forward fuselage. White PIA initials highlighted the all green tail fin.

Old timers recall that in the late 70s, when the green and gold livery was first introduced, it used to turn heads and earn admiring comments. Even at busy international airports worldwide, the PIA aircraft's peacock green tail helped it to stand out in the crowd.

PIA Boeing 747-282B

Boeing 747-282B  (Copyright Peter Frei)

AP-AYV landing at Frankfurt Airport in late 1970s. Note blade style golden cheatline; both AP-AYV and AP-AYW (PIA's first two Boeing 747s) sported this style of cheatline during their early years with PIA


PIA Airbus A300B4-203

Airbus A300B4-203  (Copyright ATDB)

In this photo you can see PIA's brand new A300B4 with French pre-delivery registration F-WZER at Toulouse in France. This A300 was delivered to PIA as AP-BAY in 1980



PIA Boeing 737-340

Boeing 737-340  (Copyright Dave Campbell via Peter Frei)

Brand new AP-BCE seen at London-Heathrow Airport in United Kingdom. The aircraft made technical stop at this airport during its delivery flight from USA to Pakistan in 1985


PIA Boeing 747-282B

Boeing 747-282B  (Copyright PIA)

AP-AYW landing at Karachi Airport in late 1970s. Note blade style golden cheatline; both AP-AYV and AP-AYW (PIA's first two Boeing 747s) sported this style of cheatline during their early years with PIA


PIA Boeing 747-282B

Boeing 747-282B  (Copyright Johan Ljungdahl)

Here AP-AYV is painted with standard golden cheatline. Johan took this photo at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, on August 25, 1982


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