|Headquarters||Jinnah International Airport
|Key people||Khalid Sehbai and AVM (R) Safdar Khan (Chairman & Vice Chairman)|
Shaheen Air International operating as Shaheen Air is a private Pakistani airline with its head office on the grounds of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Shaheen Air, which provides passenger, cargo and charter services, serves the major cities of Pakistan and the Persian Gulf. It was founded in December 1993 and was established on 25 October 1994. It was accorded the status of 'Second National Carrier of Pakistan', by the Government of Pakistan, and focuses much of its routes on cities in Northern Pakistan, rather than Karachi. The airline's primary hub is the Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Karachi, with a secondary hub at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB), Islamabad and at Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE), Lahore.
Besides serving major domestic routes i.e. Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, D.G.Khan and Peshawar, Shaheen Air has also been operating flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Al Ain, Kuwait, Doha and Muscat from almost all the major international gateways of Pakistan.
History and Modernization
In 2004, Shaheen Air International (SAI) became Shaheen Air and the airline introduced a new livery and corporate website. The airline was founded by Khalid Mehmood Sehbai (Late) who was the airline first chairman. At first the airline introduced nationwide flights to countrywide destinations.The airline introduced many different flights mainly from Karachi, Pakistan to Quetta, Pakistan. The Governor of Balochistan said that the improvement of air links were also discussed in the ongoing talks between Pakistan and Iran and he offered the management of Shaheen Air to operate Quetta-Zahidan flights. Initially Shaheen Air International operated eight flights to Karachi-Quetta and Quetta-Lahore. The airline later decided to operate flights from the city of Balochistan, Quetta, to the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad.
On 22 May 2004, the Civil Aviation Authority stopped all flights of Shaheen Air as it owed millions of rupees in debt to the CAA. On May 25, 2004, Shaheen Air was cleared of charges by the CAA to resume its domestic and international operations. The clearance letter was issued by CAA following receipt of the payment from Shaheen Air International towards payment of the outstanding dues and funds.
Today, Shaheen Air has about twenty aircraft and is one of the fastest growing airlines in Pakistan. It is Pakistan's second national carrier next to the flag carrier, PIA.In its international operations, Shaheen Air also operates between Pakistan and numerous destinations in the Middle East. Shaheen Air has started flight operations to Riyadh with three different routes from Pakistan.  Shaheen Air is now operating flights also for Dammam.
Shaheen Air started its own maintenance repair organization (MRO) by the name of Shaheen Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Services (SEAMS) which aims to provide maintenance services to Shaheen Air as well as other regional and international airlines. Apart from giving engineering maintenance support it also provides Air worthiness Management services with engineers from SEAMS working on behalf of Shaheen Air.
The word "shaheen" means "eagle" in Urdu.
Shaheen Air operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400, Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The Boeing 737s are in an all economy class layout while the A330-300 feature a mixed Business and Economy cabin.
Shaheen Air publishes its own in-house inflight magazine called "Parwaz" (Urdu for "Flight"). Also all passengers have the facility to choose Urdu/English newspapers and magazines on all domestic and international flights. Free of charge publications are also often distributed among the passengers, promoting an aspect of socio-corporate responsibility. These publications, targeting social events, were until recently written by the group's chairman, Khalid M. Sehbai.
The airline uses a number of ground handling companies within Pakistan as well at its oversea operations. Shaheen Airport Services (SAPS) took exclusive ground handling operations of the airline in 2009 for all airports the airline operated from within Pakistan. Dnata also signed a contract with the airline to provide any additional services to the airline for all airports outside Pakistan.
Passengers have the ability to pre-book any flight on the airline's website to any domestic route operated by the airline. Passengers can book online and pay at their nearest booking office. The passenger will be given an e-ticket instead of the standard paper booking ticket.
Passengers may check-in between 180 to 45 minutes prior to flight departure. This may be done over the counter or at the lounge within the airport. Self-service kiosks are also available at Jinnah International Airport. Passengers will automatically be given a computer generated booking number and assigned baggage tag.
Shaheen Air Cargo is a division of Shaheen Air International that was established in 1993, soon after the inception of the airline. Shaheen Air provides special services for sending small consignments which are time sensitive in nature. Other services include: Perishable Cargo, Live Animals, Valuable Cargo, Special Cargo as well as Courier Services.
Shaheen Air operates the following services (as of January 2014):
As of January 2014 Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
- "Contact Us > Domestic." Shaheen Air. Retrieved on 28 July 2010. "Head Office Shaheen Air International Terminal-1 Road, Jinnah International Airport, Karachi-75200, Pakistan"
- "Shaheen Air flights for Riyadh - Anna Aero" Shaheen Air inaugurates operations in Riyadh with three routes from Pakistan
- Shaheen Air Services
- Shaheen Air Cargo services Accessed 2009-12-31
- Shaheen route map
- Shaheen Fleet
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