AirSial, Pakistan's newest private airline, launched operations in December 2020 and has since been serving several domestic destinations with Karachi's Jinnah International Airport being its hub. As of now, AirSial's fleet consists of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft.
On October 23, 2021 I traveled with AirSial from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, to Karachi.
As the New Islamabad International Airport is a bit far from the main city, I left at around 13:30 and reached the airport at about 14:20. The check-in was smooth and by 14:45 I was in the waiting lounge. There is not much to do at ISB's domestic terminal as there's barely any cafes or shops as of yet, unless one can access a lounge.
Calls for boarding started around 15:30. I had the luck of choosing 27A, a window seat during check-in.
The glass had some scratches on it, which was a little off-putting. On our left, we could see an Airblue A320 also headed for Karachi.
The legroom was decent; better than many planes I've been on. The seat was also quite comfortable.
The A320-200 Safety Card, written in both Urdu and English.
Taxiing to the runway. A PIA 777-200ER and an Interjet A320, though I'm not sure what this airline was doing here.
Cabin view just before takeoff:
A view of IIA just after takeoff. A British Airways 787 can be seen at the international terminal:
Soon after takeoff, the captain introduced himself and the rest of the crew and announced that this was AirSial's first day of meal service since its launch and that we would be getting meals in a few minutes. Since mid-2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan prohibited domestic airlines from serving inflight meals and beverages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting October 2021, these restrictions were lifted.
In a first, AirSial became Pakistan's first airline to serve a two-course meal. This was quite impressive, and a lot of food for flight that's less than two hours.
The meal consisted of two main courses:
1. Barbecued Chicken Haryali (Green Chicken) with Stir-fried Noodles
2. Chicken Handi with a vegetable curry and Pulao (rice cooked in broth)
A salad, raita (yogurt mixture), and a piece of marble cake were also served with plastic cutlery. Drinks were served a few minutes later which consisted of various sodas and water. The meal was fresh and everything tasted good.
Tea was also served shorty after meal service.
Cabin view as the captain announced our descent:
Arriving at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport at around 17:55:
AirSial is, in my opinion, the best domestic airline currently operating in Pakistan. I hope they maintain their standards.