Safi Airways

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Safi Airways
Safi Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2006
Operating bases Kabul International Airport
Secondary hubs Dubai International Airport
Focus cities Kabul, Dubai, Jeddah, New Delhi
Frequent-flyer program Saffron Rewards
Fleet size 3
Destinations 9
Company slogan The International Airline of Afghanistan
Parent company Safi Airways Ltd[1]
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Dubai, UAE
Key people Ghulam Hazrat Safi (Chairman)
Zaidan Khalifat (Deputy CEO)
Joshua G. Bustos (Chief Commercial Officer[2])

Dubai and Kabul-based Safi Airways Co. (Persian: خطوط هوایی صافی‎‎)[3] is the first and largest privately owned airline from Afghanistan. It is a subsidiary of the Safi Group and was founded in 2006 by its current chairman and CEO, Ghulam Hazrat Safi. The 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, United Arab Emirates. It is the first Afghan airline to operate in compliance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements, IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).[4]


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.[5][6]

In 2011, Safi Airways replaced their Boeing 737-300 aircraft with Airbus A32x aircraft. They currently[when?] intend to acquire an Airbus A330 for long haul routes.[7]

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]


A Safi Airways Airbus A320 departs Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. (2010)

Safi Airways serves the following destinations (as of July 2015):[8]

City Country Airport Notes Ref
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminated
Bahrain Bahrain Bahrain International Airport Terminated
Delhi India Indira Gandhi International Airport
Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport
Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt Airport Terminated
Herat Afghanistan Herat International Airport
Islamabad Pakistan Benazir Bhutto International Airport [9]
Jeddah Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz International Airport
Kabul Afghanistan Kabul International Airport Base
Kandahar Afghanistan Kandahar International Airport
Kuwait City Kuwait Kuwait International Airport Terminated
Mazar-i-Sharif Afghanistan Mazar-e Sharif International Airport [10]
Mashhad Iran Mashhad International Airport [11]

Future destinations[edit]

Safi Airways is looking to expand their route network to Istanbul, Ankara, Dushanbe, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Tehran and Washington, D.C. between 2016 and 2017.[12]


A Safi Airways Boeing 767-200ER at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. (2010)
A Safi Airways Airbus A340-300 in a prototype livery, landing at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. (2010)

The Safi Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[13]

Safi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 1 12 132 144 leased from Terra Avia
Boeing 767-200ER 1 12 196 208
Fokker F100 1 ? ? ? leased from Bek Air
Total 3 0

Former fleet[edit]

Safi Airways previously operated the following aircraft:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100[14] 2013 2016
Airbus A340-300 2009 2011
Boeing 737-300 2008 2016
Boeing 737-400 2016 2016
Boeing 757-200 2012 2014


  1. ^ "Conditions of Transport" (PDF). Safi Airways. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  2. ^ Kamel, Deena. "Afghanistan's Safi Airways Plans Route Expansion, Jet Purchases". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Safi Airways- Flights to Kabul, Dubai, Jeddah, Delhi, Islamabad". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Contact Info
  5. ^ "Skyliner - aviation news & more". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  6. ^ " - Aviation Photography, Discussion Forums & News". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "News Channel - Homepage -". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Scheduled Flights to Kabul, Dubai, Herat, Jeddah, Delhi, Islamabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Mashhad". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  9. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Safi Airways Adds New Routes from Oct 2013". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Safi Airways future destinations
  13. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 4. 
  14. ^ Safi ends A319 operations

12 *Safi Airways poised for relaunch

13 *Safi Airways looks to widen network with long haul flights

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′15″N 6°58′11″E / 50.9375°N 6.9697°E / 50.9375; 6.9697