MTU has won an engine maintenance contract from Pakistani start-up carrier AirSial.

The five-year agreement spans MRO services for AirSial’s six Airbus A320-powering International Aero Engines V2500s, trend monitoring, lease-engine support, on-site services and technical training, MTU says.

AirSial Airbus A320

Source: AirSial

AirSial launched domesticoperations in December and intends to start international flights this year, adds the German engine subassembly manufacturer and MRO provider.

The Sialkot-based carrier currently serves Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, its website indicates.

Cirium fleets data shows that AirSial has two 2008-vintage A320s and a third built in 2004. All three are managed by AerCap.

AirSial intends to rely on MTU’s technical support “during our ramp-up of operations and beyond”, notes the carrier’s chairman chairman Fazal Jilani.

MTU chief programme officer Michael Schreyogg states: “It was fantastic to see AirSial entering into operations and joining the market at the end of a rather challenging 2020. It is a clear signal of better times to come.

“We believe in the recovery and subsequent success of the aviation industry and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with newcomer AirSial.”