Serene Air, Pakistan’s upcoming airline, is set to begin operations along domestic routes by the end of 2016. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) granted Serene Air a licence in March to establish a private airline in Pakistan, sources in the organisation disclosed. However, the new carrier has not been granted an Air Operator Certificate by the authority yet. Therefore, “it is difficult to announce a confirmed date for the launch of domestic operations,” sources told.
The organisation has not yet acquired the necessary number of aircraft to establish operations as an airline in Pakistan, but has submitted a business plan to the CAA and started acquiring Boeing jets on a priority basis. Company officials will travel to the United States soon in order to acquire 5-7 Boeing 737-800s for which they require CAA approval.
Serene Air plans to fly on all domestic routes including Multan, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Responding to a question about the launch of international operations by Serene Air, sources said CAA rules state the airline can apply for an international licence if it achieves successful operations along domestic routes for over a year.