Pictures of the Day: Flying High

Posted on June 21, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Art & Literature, Economy & Development, Photo of the Day
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Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has new livery. And, I must say, it looks very nice.

Much nicer, certainly, than the last back-fin livery they had (the ill proportioned waving flag). That one just did not work, especially with the white background to the plane. Always seemed like it was an after-thought that did not do justice to the flag or the aeroplane.

I should also confess that when I first heard that these new designs were coming, I did not much like the idea. Why must every airline try to follow the British Airways example? On this one, however, I will admit that I was wrong. Whoever has done these designs have done a good job.

I am told that there are four designs (one for each province) and they are all depicted here. Additional designs may come. Pay particular attention, also, to the name and city of each plane. The four depicted here are: Thar: Colours of the Desert (in light shades of blue); Lahore: Garden of the Mughals (strong reds and blues); Peshawar: Gateway to the East (red and green on earthy yellow); Gwadar: The New Port City (bold yellow, red, green and blue).

Altamash Mir and iFaqeer, please note the name of the Lahore plane; we do acknowledge our Mughal past… sometimes! (Although, I should add, there are some aspects of our ‘Mughal heritage’ that I am neither proud of nor do I wish to own or emulate; e.g., imprisoning one’s partents and killing one’s siblings).

And, yes, I did note that the Baluchistan plane is smaller and older than all the others. I hope there is no hidden meaning in that!

All pictures courtesy of

12 responses to “Pictures of the Day: Flying High”

  1. aqib javed says:

    i m proud of u.this is great.keep this

  2. Wbalushi says:

    i do love the design of PIA. but the logo is no a standard logo.
    its like old sindi design. so pleace make real, one.
    and ofcouse i do lve this nice. PIA is kiddig us………

  3. MQ says:

    If there is to be “plane poetry” like we have “truck poetry” then I would suggest the following to be inscribed on PIA planes:

    Waasta ayee Rab da tu jaaNweeN ve kabootra …

  4. Anwar says:

    Thanks Samdani. Even if I copyright this idea ther e is no guarantee that it will not be pirated in the land of the Pure.
    Actually paint adds several thousand pounds to the weight of an aircraft. Major US airlines for example have minimum cosmetics on the fleet for this and other economical reasons. Being a state subsidized organization, PIA is exempt from money saving schemes.

  5. samdani says:

    I think the idea of decking up planes like our painted busses is a great one. Maybe make it a theme inside and out. You will get people all over the world at airports talking about them. Anwar, you should get copyright for the idea and sell it to PIA.

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