Safi Airways

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Safi Airways
Safi Airways 2010.png
IATA
4Q
ICAO
SFW
Callsign
SAFI
Founded 2006
Operating bases Kabul International Airport
Fleet size 5
Destinations 6
Company slogan The International Airline of Afghanistan
Parent company Safi Airways Ltd [1]
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Key people Ghulam Hazrat Safi (Chairman)
John Brayford (CEO)
Website www.safiairways.com

Safi Airways Co. (Persian: خطوط هوایی صافی‎)[2] 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.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4][5]

In 2011, Safi Airways replaced their Boeing 737-300 aircraft with Airbus A32x aircraft. They currently intend to acquire an Airbus A330 for long haul routes.[6]

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.[citation needed]

Destinations[edit]

A Safi Airways Airbus A320 departs Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. (2010)

Safi Airways serves the following destinations (as of August 2014):[7]

Base
Terminated Destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Ref
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates AUH OMAA Abu Dhabi International Airport
Bahrain Bahrain BAH OBBI Bahrain International Airport
Delhi India DEL VIDP Indira Gandhi International Airport
Dubai United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport
Herat Afghanistan HEA OAHR Herat International Airport
Islamabad Pakistan ISB OPRN Benazir Bhutto International Airport [8]
Kabul Afghanistan KBL OAKB Kabul International Airport
Kandahar Afghanistan KDH OAKN Kandahar International Airport
Kuwait City Kuwait KWI OKBK Kuwait International Airport
Mazar-i-Sharif Afghanistan MZR OAMS Mazar-e Sharif International Airport

Future destinations[edit]

Safi Airways is looking to expand their route network to Dushanbe, Frankfurt, Mashhad, Tehran and Washington, D.C. between 2014 and 2015.[9]

Fleet[edit]

A Safi Airways Boeing 767-200ER at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. (2010)
A Safi Airways Airbus A340-300 in a prototype livery, landing at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. (2010)

The Safi Airways fleet includes the following aircraft (as of August 2014):[10][11]

Safi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y
Total
Airbus A319-100 2 12 108 120
Airbus A320-200 2 12 132 144 1 operated by Kam Air
Boeing 767-200ER 1 12 196 208
Total 5 0

Former fleet[edit]

Safi Airways previously operated the following aircraft:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A340-300 2009 2011
Boeing 737-300 2008 2011
Boeing 757-200 2012 2014

Other Information[edit]

Reservations for Safi flights are available worldwide through the Amadeus Global Distribution System, as well as via Hahn Air, which handles electronic ticketing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conditions of Transport" (PDF). Safi Airways. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.safiairways.aero/
  3. ^ "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 "
  4. ^ Safi Airways receives A340
  5. ^ Picture Safi Airways A340
  6. ^ Safi Airways after new aircraft
  7. ^ Schedule
  8. ^ Safi new routes
  9. ^ Safi Airways future destinations safiairways.com
  10. ^ Safi Airways Fleet ch-aviation.ch
  11. ^ Safi Airways Fleet safiairways.com

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