|Operating bases||Kabul International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Go Orange|
|Company slogan||Afghanistan's Global Gateway|
|Key people||Zamari Kamgar (Founder & CEO)|
Kam Air (Persian: کام ایر) is an airline company that is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services. The Kabul International Airport serves as its main hub.
The airline was founded on 31 August 2003 by Zamari Kamgar and was the first privately owned passenger airline in Afghanistan. Its first flight operated on 8 November 2003 between Kabul, Herat and Mazari Sharif with a Boeing 727. Kam Air's first plane was provided by General Abdul Rashid Dostum as payment for supplying Dostum's private militia with fuel and food.
Kam Air has its headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, opposite to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. At one time it was headquartered in the Kabul Business Centre in Shah-e-Naw, Kabul. As of 2012, a ticketing office is at the Kabul Business Centre. Zamari Kamgar is the Chairman and Chief Executive, Farid Peykar as Vice President, Timor Shahab as Vice President and Head of Flight Operations, and Parwiz Kamgar as the Vice President and Finance Manager.
Kam Air had announced launch of European operations from August 2010, with Vienna coming online first and then London (Gatwick), but according to a Reuters, both were supposedly cancelled by British and Austrian authorities due to aircraft safety issues after a few flights.
Kam Air previously served Jalalabad, Kunduz, Faizabad, Maimana, London-Gatwick, Vienna, Islamabad, Almaty and Urumqi, now focusing on profitable routes.
Kam Air currently serves the following destinations:
- Kabul - Kabul International Airport (hub)
- Kandahar - Kandahar International Airport
- Herat - Herat International Airport
- Mazar-i-Sharif - Mazar-i-Sharif Airport
- Bost - Bost Airport
- Tarin Kot - Tarin Kot Airport
- United Arab Emirates
The airline expansion plans include flights to Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey, Baku in Azerbaijan, Baghdad and Najaf in Iraq, Urumqi and Hangzhou in China, Europe and the USA.
The Kam Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2013):
|Boeing 747-200F||2||0||Cargo||operated by The Cargo Airlines|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||1||0||155|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||2||0||155|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-87||2||0||130|
Kam Air previously operated the following aircraft:
- Boeing 737-200
- Boeing 737-300
- Boeing 737-800
- Boeing 767-200ER
- Douglas DC-8-63F
- Yakovlev Yak-40
Incidents and accidents
- On 3 February 2005, Kam Air Flight 904, a Boeing 737-200 operated by Phoenix Aviation, flying from Herat International Airport in western Afghanistan vanished from radar screens on approach to Kabul International Airport in poor weather, sparking a massive ANA search operation for the 96 passengers and eight crew. The wreckage of the plane was found on 5 February 2005 in the mountains east of Kabul. All 104 people aboard were killed.
- On 9 August 2009, a Kam Air plane bound for the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, China was refused permission to land and diverted to Kandahar International Airport, in southern Afghanistan after an earlier alleged bomb threat.
- On 11 August 2010, Douglas DC-8-63F YA-VIC suffered a tailstrike on take-off from Manston Airport, United Kingdom, destroying an approach light. The aircraft was operating an international cargo flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina via the Cape Verde Islands. The incident was caused by the aircraft being overweight, due to excess fuel having been uploaded, making the aircraft 25,700 pounds (11,700 kg) overweight. After being informed of the tailstrike, the crew continued the flight to the Cape Verde Islands, where inspection revealed that a tailstrike had occurred, although the tailstrike indicator was within limits. The incident was investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which made four safety recommendations. A direct result of the incident, Kam Air were banned from operating within the European Union. The three crew involved were dismissed, and Kam Air announced that it would withdraw its two DC-8s from service.
- Kam Air Fleet
- About Kam Air
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 99.
- China diverts 'bomb threat' plane. Al Jazeera. August 9, 2009.
- Portfolio at NYU | Best Of: Lord of the Skies - In war-torn Afghanistan, Zamarai Kamgar has built the only private airline.
- "Contact Us." Kam Air. Retrieved on 30 January 2012. "Kam Air Head Office Ministry of Foreign Affairs Road Opposit [sic] Chinese Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan" and "Ticketing Office Kabul Business Centre Ground Floor Charahi Haji Yaqoob Kabul, Afghanistan"
- "Contact Us." Kam Air. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. "Kamair Head Quarter Address: 1st Floor, Kabul Business Centre Char Rahi Haji Yaqub, Shah-e-Naw Kabul Afghanistan Afghanistan"
- Article mentions Kam Air Europe flights
- Article mentions Kam Air's EU suspensions
- Kam Air flight schedule
- Kam Air fleet at ch-aviation
- Kam Air fleet history
- Kam 767-200ER
- Kam Cargo DC-8F
- Kam Yak-40
- Kam Air Flight 904 information
- Afghan plane to Urumqi lands in Kandahar city. Xinhua. August 9, 2009.
- China turns back Xinjiang plane. BBC News. August 9, 2009.
- Hradecky, Simon (12 May 2011). "Report: Kam Air DC86 at Manston on Aug 11th 2010, tail strike on takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "YA-VIC". Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
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