Safi Airways

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Safi Airways
Safi Airways 2010.png
IATA
4Q
ICAO
SFW
Callsign
SAFI
Founded 2006
Fleet size 5
Destinations 7
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.aero

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 A321. They currently intend on acquiring 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. (2010)

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

Afghanistan
India
Pakistan
United Arab Emirates

Safi has served Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Frankfurt in the past.

Fleet[edit]

A Safi Airways Boeing 737-300 landing at Dubai International Airport. (2009)
A Safi Airways Boeing 767-200ER at Dubai International Airport. (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 September 2013):[9]

Safi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Airbus A319-100 2 ?
Airbus A320-200 1 144
Boeing 757-200 1 219
Boeing 767-200ER 1 214
Total 5 0

Retired fleet[edit]

Safi Airways previously operated the following aircraft:

Safi Airways Retired Fleet
Aircraft Year Retired Replacement
Airbus A340-300 2010 Boeing 767-200ER
Boeing 737-300 2011 Airbus A320-200

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 Fleet ch-aviation.ch

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