Prime Minister Imran Khan will be formally launching Pakistan’s third private airline named AirSial, on December 9, during his visit to Sialkot.
The Prime Minister in a federal cabinet meeting had earlier approved the issuance of an aviation license to the private company and is also set to address a special ceremony to be held at Sialkot International Airport.
Earlier this week, three Airbuses A320-200s arrived in Pakistan at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi from Phoenix, Arizona, which the Pakistani startup AirSial, leased from AerCap, the worlds’ largest aircraft leasing company with its headquarters located in Dublin, Ireland. According to Airfleets.net, the 16-year-old aircraft is registered as AP-BOA.
AirSial was earlier granted permission by the Aviation Division in 2017 to run its operations in Pakistan. The company had decided to launch its operations from June 2020, however, the launch was delayed due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic and Pakistan had imposed restrictions on air travel to contain the spread.
AirSial is reportedly said to begin its flight operations between various cities in Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Furthermore, the Pakistani airline startup has also planned to cover various other routes between Pakistan and UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Malaysia.
Initially the flight operations of the third private airline will be dependent on the three Airbuses it leased from AerCap.