AirSial has confirmed that it will launch one A320 in April and two A320s in May at a cost of $ 90 million, so the airline can go into commercial operation this year.
According to the official source, the new airline will purchase these aircraft under a dry lease for a period of two years from airlines based in New Zealand and South Africa.
The purchase of an aircraft costs almost $ 29-30 million, said Abrar Gulzar Hussain, Operation Control Manager. One plane will arrive on April 12th and the other two will arrive on May 1st and 2nd, he added.
AirSial received final approval from the Prime Minister’s office in January to operate commercial flights from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
The flights are operated weekly from the specified stations and the frequency is increased as required on a specific route.
The airline has drawn up a plan to begin commercial operations in May. The company has set up its base in Karachi and hired the core personnel to operate the airline.
AirSial belongs to Sialkot business community, which in the past built a separate airport for their cit. The airline has around 200 stakeholders.
After Shaheen Air’s closure, there is a gap in the local market that new airlines such as AirSial are expected to fill in the coming months. The airline will promote the growing trend of local tourism in the country.
The aviation industry is expected to add the new airline not only to improve competition between local airlines, but also to provide passengers with quality services and affordable fares, including frequent flyer discounts.