|Commenced operations||25 October 1994|
|Hubs||Jinnah International Airport
Allama Iqbal International Airport
Benazir Bhutto International Airport
Bacha Khan International Airport
Shaheen Air International, operating as Shaheen Air, is a private Pakistani airline with its head office on the grounds of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Shaheen Air, which provides passenger, cargo and charter services, serves the major cities of Pakistan and the Persian Gulf. It was founded in December 1993 and commenced operations on 25 October 1994. The airline focuses on cities in northern Pakistan, rather than Karachi. The airline's primary hub is Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, with secondary hubs at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad and at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore.
The airline is named after the Shaheen falcon, Pakistan's national bird.
History and modernization
The airline was founded by Khalid Mehmood Sehbai who was the airline's first chairman. At first the airline introduced nationwide flights to countrywide destinations. The airline introduced many different flights, but operated mainly between the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Quetta.
On 22 May 2004, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (CAA) grounded Shaheen Air as the airline owed it millions of rupees. Three days later the airline was cleared by the CAA to resume its domestic and international operations. The clearance letter was issued by CAA following receipt of a payment from Shaheen Air International towards the outstanding dues and funds. The same year, Shaheen Air International (SAI) became Shaheen Air and the airline introduced a new livery and corporate website.
Today, Shaheen Air is Pakistan's second national carrier next to the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines. In its international operations, Shaheen Air also operates between Pakistan and numerous destinations in the Middle East. Shaheen Air has started flight operations to Riyadh with three different routes from Pakistan.
Shaheen Air started its own maintenance repair organization (MRO) by the name of Shaheen Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Services (SEAMS) which aims to provide maintenance services to Shaheen Air as well as other regional and international airlines.
Shaheen Air Cargo is a division of Shaheen Air International that was established in 1993, soon after the inception of the airline. Shaheen Air provides special services for sending small consignments that are time-sensitive in nature.
Shaheen Air mainly operates on domestic and Gulf routes. In 2015 it became the only private airline from Pakistan to fly east, with non-stop flights from Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China; and more recently commenced services between Islamabad and Manchester. Several other destinations are also planned in Thailand, Malaysia, Qatar, Denmark, Norway and Italy; as well as Shanghai.
As of October 2016 the Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A319-100||0||7||150||Delivery November 2016|
|Boeing 737-400||1||0||162||Nine others in storage|
- Previously operated
- Airbus A300B4-203
- Airbus A310-300
- Airbus A321-200
- Boeing 737-200
- Boeing 737-800
- Boeing 767-200ER
- Tupolev Tu-154M
- Yakovlev Yak-42D
- "Contact Us > Domestic." Shaheen Air. Retrieved on 28 July 2010. "Head Office Shaheen Air International Terminal-1 Road, Jinnah International Airport, Karachi-75200, Pakistan"
- "Shaheen Air flights for Riyadh - Anna Aero" Shaheen Air inaugurates operations in Riyadh with three routes from Pakistan
- Shaheen Air Cargo services accessed 2009-12-31
- Shaheen plan network expansion in Europe and Far East
- "Shaheen Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- AerCap A319s to be upgraded for Shaheen retrieved 20 July 2016
- Shaheen Air historic fleet
- Shaheen Air 737=800 fleet information
- Shaheen Air fleet 767 information
- Shaheen Air Yak 42 information
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