Safi Airways Co. (Persian: خطوط هوایی صافی) is an Afghan airline. Safi Airways was founded in 2006 by Ghulam Hazrat Safi, an Afghan businessman and current chairman, and John Brayford, its CEO. The privately held airline has its headquarters in Shahr-e-Naw, Kabul, Afghanistan, an administrative office in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, and a downtown ticketing office in Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the first privately held air carrier in Afghanistan.
On 15 June 2009, Safi Airways commenced operations between the Afghan capital, Kabul, and Frankfurt, Germany. This service was suspended on 24 November 2010 due to an EU ban barring all Afghan carriers from flying into Europe.
On 5 November 2009, Safi Airways took delivery of an Airbus A340-311 aircraft, which was phased out after suspension of the Frankfurt route due to the EU ban.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducted an audit on Safi Airways in February 2012, which the airline passed; it was the first Afghan airline to qualify for a passenger airline certification.
^"Contact Info." Safi Airways. Retrieved on 20 September 2011. "Dubai: Safi Travels PO Box 184082 Deira, Dubai, UAE Clock Tower Roundabout" and "Kabul: Safi Airline Center Quai-e Markaz, Shar-e-Naw Near Kabul City Center Kabul Afghanistan "