Cham Wings Airlines

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Cham Wings Airlines
Cham Wings Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
6Q SAW SHAMWING
Founded2007
HubsDamascus International Airport
Fleet size4
Destinations12
HeadquartersDamascus, Syria
Key peopleIssam Shammout, (Chairman)
Websitewww.chamwings.com

Cham Wings Airlines (Arabic: أجنحة الشام للطيران‎, previously known as Sham Wing Airlines) is a private Syrian airline with its head office in Damascus, Syria.[1][2]

History[edit]

Cham Wings Airlines was established on 9 July 2006 as the first private airline in Syria by an independent Syrian businessman Issam Shammout. The main hub for the airline is Damascus International Airport. The company obtained officially an Aircraft Operators Certificate (AOC) issued by the Syrian Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) on September 23, 2007.[3] Although the AOC hold number 2 that comes after the main national carrier of Syria Syrian Air, the AOC authorised the company to operate non scheduled charter flights only. The company leased one MD aircraft and commenced its first flight from Damascus to Baghdad International Airport on March 3, 2008.

In 2008, a newcomer entered the market under name Syrian Pearl Airlines of ownership: Cham Holding 69% (Rami Makhlouf major shareholder), Syrianair 25%, Aqeeq Aviation/Aquila Holding 6%, (Aqeeq and Al Deshtei Kuwaiti).[4] The partnership with Syrian Air gave Syrian Pearl the opportunity to operate scheduled flights[5] unlike Cham Wings which struggled in operating charter flights to destinations that Syrian Air hardly approves. Even though Syrian Pearl never started its operations, Cham Wings could not turn profitable operating only charter flights. The company terminated its operations in 2012 following the unrest in Syria.

In 2014, Cham Wings Airlines obtained the approval to operate scheduled flights becoming the second national carrier in Syria. It then recommenced its operations to serve destinations like Beirut, Kuwait, Baghdad, and Qamishli.

In 2016, it was targeted by US Sanctions.[6]

In 2018 the airline advertised transporting Syrian refugees in Germany from Munich to Damascus and back, which can lead to the loss of their asylum status. [7]

Ownership[edit]

Cham Wings Airlines is 100% privately owned by Syrian businessman Issam Shammout where it seems the funding comes from his family business Shammout Groups which operate in automotive, steel and freight sectors.[8]

Destinations[edit]

Cham Wings operates the following services (as of September 2019):[9]

City Country Airport Notes
Amman Jordan Queen Alia International Airport
Baghdad Iraq Baghdad International Airport
Basra Iraq Basra International Airport
Beirut Lebanon Rafic Hariri International Airport
Damascus Syria Damascus International Airport Hub
Erbil Iraq Erbil International Airport
Khartoum Sudan Khartoum International Airport
Kuwait City Kuwait Kuwait International Airport
Moscow Russia Sheremetyevo International Airport [10]
Muscat Oman Muscat International Airport
Najaf Iraq Al Najaf International Airport
Tehran Iran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Isfahan Iran Isfahan International Airport
Qamishli Syria Qamishli Airport
Sharjah United Arab Emirates Sharjah International Airport
Yerevan Armenia Zvartnots International Airport

Fleet[edit]

The Cham Wings Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of January 2018):[11]

Cham Wings Airlines
Aircraft In fleet Order Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 3 156
1 174
Total 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us". Cham Wings Airlines — Fly Beyond The Limits. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  2. ^ Gregory, Michael (January 9, 2020). Thevenot, Brian (ed.). "Exclusive: Informants in Iraq, Syria helped U.S. kill Iran's Soleimani - sources". Reuters.
  3. ^ "Our Company". Cham Wings Airlines — Fly Beyond The Limits. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  4. ^ "Arab Aviation > Country Briefs > Syria > Syrian Pearl". www.arabaviation.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  5. ^ "شركة طيران سورية خاصة تواجه منافسة محتدمة". صحيفة الوسط البحرينية (in Arabic). Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  6. ^ "US imposes new sanctions on Cham Wings Airlines". SANA News Agency. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Einmal München-Damaskus und zurück" (in German).
  8. ^ "http://www.syriandays.com/finance/?page=show_det&select_page=2&id=2524"
  9. ^ Our Destinations - Cham Wings
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (12 November 2018). "Cham Wings W18 Damascus – Moscow service changes". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Cham Wings Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2018-02-03.

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