Kam Air

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Kam Air
Kam Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
RQ KMF KAM AIR
Founded August 2003
Operating bases Kabul International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Go Orange
Fleet size 8 (October 2016)
Destinations 11
Company slogan Afghanistan's Global Gateway
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Key people Zamari Kamgar (Founder & CEO)[1]
Website www.kamair.com

Kam Air (Persian: کام ایر‎‎) is an airline headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services. Kabul International Airport serves as its main hub.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was founded on 31 August 2003 by Zamari Kamgar. It was the first privately owned passenger airline in Afghanistan.[3] Its first flight took off on 8 November 2003 on a route from Kabul to Herat and Mazari Sharif, using a Boeing 727. Kam Air's first plane was provided by General Abdul Rashid Dostum as payment for supplying Dostum's private militia with fuel and food.[4]

Kam Air has its headquarters in Hamed Karzai International Airport Apron C, and "Ticketing Office Kabul Business Centre Ground Floor Charahi Haji Yaqoob Kabul, Afghanistan". At one time it was located in the Kabul Business Centre in Shahr-e-Naw, Kabul, where a ticket office has operated since 2012.[5][6] Zamari Kamgar is the Chairman and Chief Executive, Farid Peykar the senior Vice President, Timor Shahab the Vice President and Head of Flight Operations, and Parwiz Kamgar the Finance Manager.

Kam Air had announced the launch of European operations commencing in August 2010, with Vienna to receive service, followed by London (Gatwick).[7] However, according to Reuters, both routes were supposedly cancelled by British and Austrian authorities due to aircraft safety issues. Effective 24 November 2010, all Afghan carriers were banned from flying to the European Union because of the country's poor civilian aviation safety record.[8]

Destinations[edit]

A Kam Air MD-80 at Kandahar International Airport in 2012

Kam serve the following:

Afghanistan
India
Iran
Pakistan
Tajikistan
United Arab Emirates


The airline plans to expand its route schedule to include flights to Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey; Baku, Azerbaijan; Baghdad and Najaf, Iraq; and Hangzhou, China. It further is looking to re-introduce its route to Urumqi, China and Moscow, Russia, as well as to add flights to Europe and the United States.

Kam previously served Jalalabad, Kunduz, London-Gatwick, Vienna, Peshawar Mashhad, Tehran, Almaty and Urumqi. The airline currently serves various routes based on greater profitability:[9]

Fleet[edit]

A Kam Air Boeing 767-200 landing at Dubai International Airport in 2007

As of October 2016, Kam Air has the following aircraft:[10]

Kam Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-500 1 ?
Boeing 767-200 1 ?
Fokker 100 1 ?
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 ?
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2 ?
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 2 ? Stored
Total 8 0

Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kam Air - 404 error". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 99. 
  3. ^ China diverts 'bomb threat' plane. Al Jazeera. August 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Portfolio at NYU | Best Of: Lord of the Skies – In war-torn Afghanistan, Zamarai Kamgar has built the only private airline.
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Kam Air. Retrieved on 30 January 2012. "Kam Air Head Office Ministry of Foreign Affairs Road Opposit [sic] Chinese Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan" and "Ticketing Office Kabul Business Centre Ground Floor Charahi Haji Yaqoob Kabul, Afghanistan"
  6. ^ "Contact Us." at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2009) Kam Air. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. "Kamair Headquarters Address: 1st Floor, Kabul Business Centre Char Rahi Haji Yaqub, Shah-e-Naw Kabul Afghanistan Afghanistan"
  7. ^ "Kam Air of Afghanistan to start Vienna flights". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Europe bans all Afghan airlines from its airspace". Reuters. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Kam Air flight schedule
  10. ^ "Afghanistan's Kam Air leasing a Ukrainian B737". ch-aviation. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Harro Ranter (3 February 2005). "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-242 EX-037 Kabul". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Afghan plane to Urumqi lands in Kandahar city. Xinhua. August 9, 2009.
  13. ^ China turns back Xinjiang plane. BBC News. August 9, 2009.
  14. ^ Hradecky, Simon (12 May 2011). "Report: Kam Air DC86 at Manston on Aug 11th 2010, tail strike on takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "YA-VIC" (PDF). Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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