Shaheen Air

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Shaheen Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
NL SAI SHAHEEN AIR
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 25 October 1994
Hubs Jinnah International Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport, Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Bacha Khan International Airport
Fleet size 17
Destinations 21
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan
Website shaheenair.com

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.[1] 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 was established on 25 October 1994. The airline focuses much of its routes on cities in Northern Pakistan, rather than Karachi. The airline's primary hub is Jinnah International Airport (KHI), Karachi, with secondary hubs at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB), Islamabad and at Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE), Lahore.

Besides serving major domestic cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, D.G.Khan and Peshawar, Shaheen Air has also been operating flights to Dubai, Manchester (U.K.) Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Al Ain, Kuwait, Doha and Muscat from almost all the major international gateways of Pakistan.

History and modernization[edit]

A Shaheen Air International Tupolev Tu-154M taxiing at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. (1999)

In 2004, Shaheen Air International (SAI) became Shaheen Air and the airline introduced a new livery and corporate website. 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 mainly from Karachi, Pakistan to Quetta, Pakistan.

On 22 May 2004, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan grounded Shaheen Air as it owed millions of rupees in debt to the CAA. Three days later the airline was cleared of charges 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.

Today, Shaheen Air has about twenty aircraft. It 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.[2] Shaheen Air is now operating flights also for Dammam.

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.

The word "Shaheen" means "Falcon" in Urdu.

Services[edit]

Shaheen Air operates Boeing 737-400 and Airbus A320-200 aircraft in all-Economy class configuration; and Airbus A330-200 and Airbus A330-300 in a Business- and Economy class layout mix.

Cargo operations[edit]

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 which are time sensitive in nature. Other services include: Perishable Cargo, Live Animals, Valuable Cargo, Special Cargo as well as Courier Services.[3]

Destinations[edit]

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 to Guangzhou, and recently started service between Islamabad and Manchester. Several other destinations are also planned that include Thailand, Denmark, Norway, Italy as well as Shanghai in China.[4]

Fleet[edit]

Shaheen Air Airbus A320.
Shaheen Air Airbus A330-300.

As of July 2016 the Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

Shaheen Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 0 7[6] 0 150 150 Delivery TBA
Airbus A320-200 8 0 0 180 180
Airbus A330-200 4 0 0 243 243
Airbus A330-300 3 0 30 262 292
Boeing 737-400 2 0 0 164 164
Total 17 7
Previously operated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us > Domestic." Shaheen Air. Retrieved on 28 July 2010. "Head Office Shaheen Air International Terminal-1 Road, Jinnah International Airport, Karachi-75200, Pakistan"
  2. ^ "Shaheen Air flights for Riyadh - Anna Aero" Shaheen Air inaugurates operations in Riyadh with three routes from Pakistan
  3. ^ Shaheen Air Cargo services Accessed 2009-12-31
  4. ^ Shaheen plan network expansion in Europe and Far East
  5. ^ "Shaheen Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  6. ^ AerCap A319s to be upgraded for Shaheen retrieved 20 July 2016
  7. ^ a b c Shaheen Air historic fleet
  8. ^ Shaheen Air 737=800 fleet information
  9. ^ Shaheen Air fleet 767 information
  10. ^ Shaheen Air Yak 42 information

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