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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777-200LR (AP-BGY) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a superbly bright Sunday afternoon 2020 - Photo by Robson Smith
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777-200LR (AP-BGY) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport (KHI) on a superbly bright Sunday afternoon 2020. The exact aircraft pictured above represents the very first Boeing 777-200(LR) delivered to a customer, in this case Pakistan International Airlines. As such, this marks the first ever aircraft of this model flown for commercial operations. To complement this exceptional jetliner, the airlines operates some 31 aircraft and, as of late last year, has placed only one order, this being an A320-200 model. Compositionally, PIA's long haul aircraft have been exclusively allocated to the Boeing 777 family: two 777-200(LR)s, six 777-200(ER)s (with one rocking a retro livery recalling the airline's livery in the 1960s), and a final four 777-300(ER)s. As mentioned, the company was the launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR in early 2006, denoting the airline as one of a select few to accomplish such a historical transaction. With regards to domestic and regional service, PIA operates a total of seven ATR family regional propellor-props, augmenting this with 12 Airbus A320-200 single aisle jets (two of the latter are currently painted in retro liveries for the 1660s as well). With consideration for the future, three models are under examination (all long-haul, wide-body): the Boeing 787, Airbus A330neo (New Engine Option), and the Airbus A350. With this, the Pakistani carrier is aiming to add approximately eight complementary aircraft. In addition, since its inception, PIA continually serves high-ranking govermment officials of the country for all international affairs; this is offered exclusively by the airline. Rapidly approaching their 75th anniversairy, what a pleasure it is to such a historical aircraft at YYZ after an immense 11600 kilometre flight - a flight operating since 2006, subsequent to the delivery of the 777-200(LR). Enjoy the image!
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