Safi Airways

Safi Airways
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
Fleet size 3
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. (Pashto: صافي هوايي شرکت; 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, 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).[4]


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.


Safi Airways serves the following destinations (as of July 2015):[8]

City Country Airport Notes Ref
AfghanistanBagramBagram Airfield
AfghanistanHeratHerat International Airport
AfghanistanKabulHamid Karzai International AirportHub
AfghanistanKandaharMaulana Jalaluddin Balkhi International Airport
AfghanistanMazar-i-SharifKandahar International Airport
BahrainManamaBahrain International AirportTerminated
GermanyFrankfurtFrankfurt AirportTerminated
IndiaDelhiIndira Gandhi International Airport
IranMashhadMashhad International Airport[9]
KuwaitKuwait CityKuwait International AirportTerminated
PakistanIslamabadBenazir Bhutto International AirportTerminated
PakistanIslamabadIslamabad International Airport[10]
Saudi ArabiaJeddahKing Abdulaziz International Airport
United Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi International AirportTerminated
United Arab EmiratesDubaiDubai International Airport


The Safi Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[11]

Safi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 1 12 132 144 leased from Terra Avia
Boeing 767-200ER 1 12 196 208
Fokker F100 1 ? ? ? leased from Bek Air
Total 3 0

    Former fleet

    Safi Airways previously operated the following aircraft:

    Aircraft Introduced Retired
    Airbus A319-100[12] 2013 2016
    Airbus A340-300 2009 2011
    Boeing 737-300 2008 2016
    Boeing 737-400 2016 2016
    Boeing 757-200 2012 2014


    1. "Conditions of Transport" (PDF). Safi Airways. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
    2. Kamel, Deena. "Afghanistan's Safi Airways Plans Route Expansion, Jet Purchases". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    3. "Safi Airways- Flights to Kabul, Dubai, Jeddah, Delhi, Islamabad". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    4. Contact Info
    5. "Skyliner - aviation news & more". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    6. " - Aviation Photography, Discussion Forums & News". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    7. "News Channel - Homepage -". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    8. "Scheduled Flights to Kabul, Dubai, Herat, Jeddah, Delhi, Islamabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Mashhad". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    10. 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Safi Airways Adds New Routes from Oct 2013". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
    11. "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 4.
    12. Safi ends A319 operations

    12 *Safi Airways poised for relaunch

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

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

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