Pamir Airways

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Pamir Airways
Pamir Airways logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1994
Commenced operations 1995
Ceased operations 2011
Hubs Kabul International Airport
Fleet size 5 (upon closure)
Destinations 10 (upon closure)
Company slogan Fly with confidence
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Key people Sherkhan Farnood (Chairman)

Pamir Airways was a privately owned airline headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan,[1] operating scheduled passenger flights out of Kabul International Airport. The company name is derived from the Pamir Mountains and translates "roof of the world".


As the first private airline[citation needed] in the history of the country, Pamir Airways was issued an Air Operator's Certificate in 1994[1] by the authorities then in charge of civil aviation in the Islamic State of Afghanistan. Flight operations were launched in 1995 with an initial fleet of one Boeing 707-300 and two Antonov An-12 aircraft.[citation needed]

In April 2008, Pamir Airways was taken over by a group of Afghan businessmen under the leadership of Sherkhan Farnood, the president of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries and former chairman of Kabul Bank, who subsequently became chairman of the airline. Following the investment, Pamir Airways received a loan for $98 million from Kabul Bank, which was later exposed as one having indescribly poor lending standards (e.g. little to no interest required, no collateral required and repayment essentially optional)[2] An effort was made to re-organize the Pamir assets, including its aging fleet of grounded planes, which could not be sold at high enough prices to reclaim the funds, though.[2] As a consequence, the license of the airline was withdrawn, officially due to the poor safety record on 19 March 2011.[3][4]


Upon closure, Pamir Airways operated scheduled services to the following destinations:[5]

A Pamir Airways Boeing 737-400 shortly after take-off at Dubai International Airport in 2009.

During the Hajj season, Pamir Airways played a major role in taking Afghan pilgrims to Saudi Arabia (9,000 in 2004 and 15,000 in 2005).[citation needed]


Over the years, Pamir Airways operated the following aircraft types:[6]

Pamir Airways fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Antonov An-12 1995
Antonov An-24 2010
Boeing 707 1995
Boeing 737-200 2008 2011 1 remained in fleet upon closure
Boeing 737-400 2009 2011 4 remained in fleet upon closure
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 2005

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