Flashback: A national airline

Airhostesses for PIA being trained in PIA Ground Training School’s languages laboratory in Karachi in 1974


August 15, 2014

Airhostesses for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) being trained in the PIA Ground Training School’s languages laboratory in Karachi in 1974. In June 1946, Mohammad Ali Jinnah instructed M A Ispahani to set up a national airline.

Initially registered as a pilot project in Calcutta, Orient Airways Ltd, created on 23rd October 1946, had at its helm M A Ispahani as Chairman. The carrier's base remained in Calcutta and four Douglas DC-3s were purchased in February 1947. The designated route was Calcutta-Akyab-Rangoon, the first post-war international sector to be flown by an airline registered in India. In 1955, the government decided to form a state-owned airline and invited Orient Airways to merge with it. The outcome of the merger was the birth of a new airline, through the PIAC Ordinance 1955.

This August, The Express Tribune will feature photographs from contributions to an open call for images from the struggle for independence and Pakistan’s formative years.

PHOTO & TEXT:  PAKISTAN PICTORIAL/ TWO YEARS OF PEOPLE’S RULE

CONCEPT: SANAM MAHER

DESIGN: SAMRA AMIR

Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2014.

COMMENTS (4)

Tahir Amjad | 6 years ago | Reply

@AJamal: Well said. I totally agree with u.Natoionalization of private businesses was disastrous it shattered investors confidence putting Pakistan progress at halt.

AJamal | 6 years ago | Reply

@Moiz Omar: Easy to know. In the early 1970s almost everything was nationalized to provide employment to political workers. And every nationalized institution was destroyed.

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