Shaheen Air

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Shaheen Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 25 October 1994
Hubs Jinnah International Airport
Secondary hubs
Fleet size 14(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.

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


A Shaheen Air Airbus A330-300.

Shaheen Air operates Boeing 737-400, Airbus A320-200 in all Economy class and Airbus A330-300 in Business and Economy class layout.

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]


A former Shaheen Air Boeing 737-200.

Incidents and Accidents[edit]

  • On 30 December 2014, NL148 veered off runway after loss of nose-wheel steering due to a bird strike while landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport. All passengers and crew were safe in the incident.[4][5]
  • On 2nd November 2015 Shaheen Air Flight 142, a regular passenger flight from Karachi to Lahore was landing when the aircraft drifted to the left and touched down to the left causing the landing gear and engine cowls to be ripped off after the aircraft collided with a concrete taxiway. The aircraft was evacuated injuring 10 people[6]


As of July 2015 the Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7] The average age of Shaheen Air fleet is 18.6 years and for the Boeing aircraft it is 22.8 years.[8] These are some of the highest in the aviation industry.

Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 8 0 168
Airbus A330-200 0 4 TBA being leased
Airbus A330-300 3 0 370
Boeing 737-400 3 0 164 One (AP-BJO) stored following

accident at Lahore & Only 2 Aircrafts in Operation[9]

Total 14 4
Previously operated

Shaheen operated these aircraft in the past.[10]


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