Safi Airways

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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
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, Dubai, 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) .



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 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, Tehran and Washington, D.C. between 2014 and 2015.[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 includes the following aircraft (as of August 2014):[13][14]

Safi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 2 12 108 120
Airbus A320-200 2 12 132 144 1 operated by Kam Air
Boeing 767-200ER 1 12 196 208
Total 5 0

Former fleet[edit]

Safi Airways previously operated the following aircraft:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A340-300 2009 2011
Boeing 737-300 2008 2011
Boeing 757-200 2012 2014


12 *Safi Airways poised for relaunch

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

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