World first for PIA


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has taken delivery of the world’s first Boeing 777-200LR. The aircraft flew from Boeing’s Everett factory in Washington, to Manchester in the UK on 25 February, where it picked up passengers before flying to Islamabad.


PIA plans to begin direct, non-stop flights from Toronto to Karachi on 3 March, and will receive a second 777-200LR later this month.


“The 777-200LR will revolutionise the way people travel with the ability to connect just about any two cities around the world,” says Boeing vice-president and 777 programme manager Lars Andersen.


Boeing received US and European certification for the ultra long-range aircraft earlier this month.


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