SereneAir, initially would be flying three weekly flights between Islamabad and Sharjah.
Inayat-ur-Rahman, Deputy Business Editor
Pakistan’s SereneAir has successfully launched its international operations as the first flight from Islamabad arrived at Sharjah International Airport on Wednesday morning.
SereneAir, initially would be flying three weekly flights between Islamabad and Sharjah. In the second phase, the airline will add three flights between Lahore and Dubai from May 1, 2021.
Muhammad Safdar Khan, CEO of SereneAir told Gulf Today that this is a momentous day for SereneAir as their aircraft landed in Sharjah.
"The initiation of this long awaited international operation is not only an embodiment of our zealous value, but is also a promising step towards more international destinations.”
“With this addition, we are poised to expand and Allah willing thrive in the immensely competitive aviation industry of the GCC and Middle East," Khan said.
The SereneAir CEO also added that he is fully cognizant of the setbacks to aviation industry due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In the course of the pandemic, SereneAir has not only expanded its wings to a new destination but the organisation has constantly endeavored to enhance its fleet with the very recent addition of the A330-200 wide body dual configuration aircraft which is being supplemented by two A330-200 aircraft on their way to join SereneAir fleet by end March 2021.
Sohail Sheikh, Country Manager of SereneAir in the UAE, senior aviation and airport officials at the Sharjah International Airport welcomed the inaugural SereneAir flight.
"This is a remarkable moment for us as our first international flight arrived in the UAE. We will expand our operations with the improvement in travel conditions across the globe," Sohail Sheikh said.
During lockdown in 2020, SereneAir was the only Pakistan registered air carrier that not only operated to its capacity but also flew special charter flights to Dhaka, Kabul, Nanjing and UAE carrying personal protection equipment for the COVID-19 and stranded overseas Pakistani from the UAE.
SereneAir is Pakistan's premium airline on a mission to rejuvenate domestic flying experience. The airline makes bold promises with its fleet of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s, which are famous for their efficiency and superb safety record. It operates 84 weekly flights on domestic routes.
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