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Photos of leased aircraft wearing interesting hybrid PIA livery

PIA Douglas DC-8-61CF

Douglas DC-8-61CF  (Hans Resch Collection)

This beautiful photo from Hans' collection shows another DC-8, N810EV, obtained on lease by PIA. The DC-8, named "Store Road Ett", was seen with very simple PIA titles applied on fin and fuselage with not very perfectly painted out titles of Overseas National Airways. This photo was taken at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, in 1981


PIA ATR 72-210

ATR 72-210  (Abbas Ali Collection)

This ATR 72-210, (registration F-WWLI) with PIA logo stickers arrived in Pakistan in the middle of 1990s to fly evaluation flights for PIA as a possible replacement of its Fokker F27 aircraft fleet. PIA pilots tested capabilities of ATR-72-210 and flew it on main Fokker F27 routes including difficult and very demanding routes of northern mountainous region of Pakistan. F27 fleet replacement plan was cancelled later and ATR 72-210 turboprops were not bought by PIA



PIA Douglas DC-8-32

Douglas DC-8-32  (Copyright © Koos v d Heijden via Peter Frei)

PIA acquired this DC-8-32, N1776, on lease from United Air Leasing Corporation (UAL Corp.) on November 15, 1977 and returned it to UAL Corp. on April 21, 1978. The aircraft in above photograph was seen at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport during its days with PIA


PIA Airbus A300B4-203

Airbus A300B4-203  (Copyright © Torsten Maiwald)

This interesting photo taken by Torsten shows SU-BDF of Egypt Air wearing fuselage colors of PIA at Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport, Germany, on May 30, 1992. In late 1990, this Airbus was intended to be leased to PIA, and was therefore painted up in full PIA livery at Cairo Airport. The deal, however, fell through, and the aircraft remained with Egypt Air. Therefore the fuselage colors were left but tail logo was changed back to Egypt Air. As such it flew for the full year of 1991, and only in 1992 it was repainted back into full Egypt Air livery




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