Kam Air

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Kam Air
Kam Air logo.png
IATA
RQ
ICAO
KMF
Callsign
KAM AIR
Founded August 2003
Operating bases Kabul International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Go Orange
Fleet size 8[1]
Destinations 11
Company slogan Afghanistan's Global Gateway
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Key people Zamari Kamgar (Founder & CEO)[2]
Website www.kamair.com

Kam Air (Persian: کام ایر‎) is an airline headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services. Kabul International Airport serves as its main hub.[3]

History[edit]

The airline was founded on 31 August 2003 by Zamari Kamgar. It was the first privately owned passenger airline in Afghanistan.[4] Its first flight took off on 8 November 2003 on a route from Kabul to Herat and Mazari Sharif, using 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.[5]

Kam Air has its headquarters in Kabul, opposite the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.[6] At one time it was located in the Kabul Business Centre in Shahr-e-Naw, Kabul, where a ticket office has operated since 2012.[6][7] Zamari Kamgar is the Chairman and Chief Executive, Farid Peykar the senior Vice President, Timor Shahab the Vice President and Head of Flight Operations, and Parwiz Kamgar the Finance Manager.

Kam Air had announced the launch of European operations commencing in August 2010, with Vienna to receive service, followed by London (Gatwick).[8] However, according to Reuters, both routes were supposedly cancelled by British and Austrian authorities due to aircraft safety issues. Effective 24 November 2010, all Afghan carriers were banned from flying to the European Union because of the country's poor civilian aviation safety record.[9] In 2014, Kam Air was ranked as one of the worlds least safe by AirlineRatings.com[who?].[10]

Destinations[edit]

A Kam Air MD-80 at Kandahar International Airport in 2012

Kam Air serve the following at October 2014;

Afghanistan
India
Tajikistan
United Arab Emirates

The airline plans to expand its route schedule to include flights to Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey; Baku, Azerbaijan; Baghdad and Najaf, Iraq; and Hangzhou, China. It further is looking to re-introduce its route to Urumqi, China and Moscow, Russia, as well as to add flights to Europe and the United States.

Kam previously served Jalalabad, Kunduz, Faizabad, Maimana, London-Gatwick, Vienna, Peshawar, Islamabad, Mashhad, Tehran, Almaty and Urumqi. The airline currently serves various routes based on greater profitability:[11]

Fleet[edit]

Current[edit]

The Kam Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of October 2014):[12]

Kam Air
Aircraft In fleet Order Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-214 1 0 180
Antonov An-24RV 1 0 -
Antonov An-26B 1 0 Cargo
Boeing 747-200F 1 0 Cargo
Boeing 767–200 1 0 214
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 0 155
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2 0 155
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 2 0 130
Total 9 0

Retired[edit]

Kam Air Boeing 767–200 landing at Dubai

Kam Air previously operated the following aircraft:[13]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

After being informed of the mishap, the crew continued to Cape Verde. An inspection there confirmed the tailstrike, though analysis of the strike indicator showed the plane was still safe. The incident was investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which made various safety recommendations. Kam Air was subsequently banned from operating within the European Union. The three crew involved were also dismissed, and Kam Air announced that it would withdraw its two DC-8s from service.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kam Air Fleet
  2. ^ About Kam Air
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 99. 
  4. ^ China diverts 'bomb threat' plane. Al Jazeera. August 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Portfolio at NYU | Best Of: Lord of the Skies – In war-torn Afghanistan, Zamarai Kamgar has built the only private airline.
  6. ^ a b "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"
  7. ^ "Contact Us." at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2009) Kam Air. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. "Kamair Headquarters Address: 1st Floor, Kabul Business Centre Char Rahi Haji Yaqub, Shah-e-Naw Kabul Afghanistan Afghanistan"
  8. ^ Article mentions Kam Air Europe flights
  9. ^ Article mentions Kam Air's EU suspensions
  10. ^ Geoffrey, Thomas. "AirlineRatings.com names the top ten safest airlines". http://www.airlineratings.com/news/201/qantas-the-safest-airline. Airline Ratings. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Kam Air flight schedule
  12. ^ Kam Air fleet at ch-aviation
  13. ^ Kam Air fleet history
  14. ^ Kam 767-200ER
  15. ^ Kam Cargo DC-8F
  16. ^ Kam Yak-40
  17. ^ Kam Air Flight 904 information
  18. ^ Afghan plane to Urumqi lands in Kandahar city. Xinhua. August 9, 2009.
  19. ^ China turns back Xinjiang plane. BBC News. August 9, 2009.
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "YA-VIC". Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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