Shaheen Air

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Shaheen Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 25 October 1994
Hubs Jinnah International Airport (Karachi)
Secondary hubs
Fleet size 21(+ 4 on order)
Destinations 22
Headquarters Terminal 1 Rd,Jinnah International Airport
Karachi, Pakistan
Key people Kashif Sehbai(Chairman)

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 routes i.e. Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, D.G.Khan and Peshawar, Shaheen Air has also been operating flights to Dubai, 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 (Late) 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. The Governor of Balochistan said that the improvement of air links were also discussed in the ongoing talks between Pakistan and Iran and he offered the management of Shaheen Air to operate Quetta-Zahidan flights. Initially Shaheen Air International operated eight flights to Karachi-Quetta and Quetta-Lahore. The airline later decided to operate flights from Quetta to Islamabad.

On 22 May 2004, the Civil Aviation Authority stopped all flights of Shaheen Air as it owed millions of rupees in debt to the CAA. On May 25, 2004, Shaheen Air was cleared of charges by the CAA to resume its domestic and international operations. The clearance letter was issued by CAA following receipt of the payment from Shaheen Air International towards payment of the outstanding dues and funds.

Today, Shaheen Air has about twenty aircraft and is one of the fastest growing airlines in Pakistan. It is Pakistan's second national carrier next to the flag carrier, PIA.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. Apart from giving engineering maintenance support it also provides Air worthiness Management services with engineers from SEAMS working on behalf of Shaheen Air.

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


A Shaheen Air Airbus A330-300.

In cabin[edit]

Shaheen Air operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400, Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The Boeing 737s are in an all economy class layout while the A330-300 feature a mixed Business and Economy cabin.

All passengers have the facility to choose Urdu/English newspapers and magazines on all domestic and international flights. Free of charge publications are also often distributed among the passengers, promoting an aspect of reading and understanding Islam. These publications, targeting social events, were written by the group's ex-chairman, Khalid M. Sehbai.

Ground handling[edit]

The airline uses a number of ground handling companies within Pakistan as well at its oversea operations. Shaheen Airport Services (SAPS) took exclusive ground handling operations of the airline in 2009 for all airports the airline operated from within Pakistan. Dnata also signed a contract with the airline to provide any additional services to the airline for all airports outside Pakistan.


Passengers have the ability to pre-book any flight on the airline's website to any domestic route operated by the airline. Passengers can book online and pay at their nearest booking office. The passenger will be given an e-ticket instead of the standard paper booking ticket.[3]

Recently Shaheen Air has planned to Launch their Mobile App for all platform i.e. Windows, Android and IOS.The App will be available to all by the end of March, 2015.This App will have online booking, Payment, PNR retrieving and other options.[4]


Passengers may check-in between 180 to 45 minutes prior to flight departure. This may be done over the counter or at the lounge within the airport. Self-service kiosks are also available at Jinnah International Airport. Passengers will automatically be given a computer generated booking number and assigned baggage tag.[3]

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.[5]


A former Shaheen Air Boeing 737-200.

Shaheen Air operates the following services (as of July 2014):[6]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport begins 1 November 2015 [6][7]
Iran Mashad Mashhad International Airport [6]
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport [6]
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport [6]
Pakistan Dera Ghazi Khan Dera Ghazi Khan International Airport Terminated [6]
Pakistan Faisalabad Faisalabad International Airport Hajj only [6]
Pakistan Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport [6]
Pakistan Karachi Jinnah International Airport Hub [6]
Pakistan Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport [6]
Pakistan Multan Multan International Airport [6]
Pakistan Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport [6]
Pakistan Quetta Quetta International Airport [6]
Pakistan Rahim Yar Khan Shaikh Zayed International Airport Hajj only [6]
Pakistan Sialkot Sialkot International Airport [6]
Pakistan Sukkur Sukkur Airport [6]
Qatar Doha Doha International Airport Terminated [6]
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahad International Airport [6]
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport [6]
Saudi Arabia Medina Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport [6]
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport [6]
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport [6]
United Arab Emirates Al Ain Al Ain International Airport [6]
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport [6]
United Arab Emirates Sharjah Sharjah International Airport [6]
United Kingdom Leeds/Bradford Leeds Bradford International Airport Terminated [8]

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

On 30 December 2014, NL-148 flight escaped life-threatening accident when the nose landing gear collapsed due to a bird strike while landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport. All passengers and crew were safe in the incident.[9]


Shaheen Air Airbus A320

As of May 2015 Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft - average age 18 years:[10]

Aircraft In fleet Orders[11] Passengers[12] Notes
Airbus A320-200 7 3 170
Airbus A330-300 3 1 367
Boeing 737-400 10 0 164
Boeing 767-200 1 0 290 Leased from Jordan Aviation
Total 21 4


  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. ^ a b Shaheen Air Services
  4. ^ Shaheen IT staff
  5. ^ Shaheen Air Cargo services Accessed 2009-12-31
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Shaheen route map
  7. ^ Shaheen to Guangzhou schedule
  8. ^ Shaheen suspend LBA service
  9. ^ "Pakistan's Shaheen Air jet makes emergency landing, avoids crash". The News Tribe. 
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