Shaheen Air

Shaheen Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 25 October 1994
Hubs Jinnah International Airport
Fleet size 4
Destinations 13
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan

Shaheen Air (Urdu: شاہین ایئر) is a private Pakistani airline with its head office in Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and is owned by Shaheen Foundation.[1][2] Shaheen Air provides passenger, cargo and charter services, to major cities in Pakistan and the Middle East.


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.[3]

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 largest airline next to the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines.[4] 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.[5]

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.

It was announced that Shaheen Air would suspend operations to Manchester Airport from 15 February 2017 due to reported issues with aircraft availability and maintenance issues.[6]

On 18 August 2018 the Federal Board of Revenue sealed off Shaheen Air's headquarters due to tax default.[7]


As of July 2018, Shaheen Air only operates temporary Haj services to Saudi Arabia from some cities in Pakistan. All of its scheduled routes have been suspended by the PCAA due to non-payment of dues.


Current fleet

Shaheen Air operates the following aircraft as of August 2018:[8] [9]

Shaheen Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Airbus A330-200 4 326 two inactive/stored in Istanbul
Total 4

Previously operated

Accidents and incidents

  • 22 April 2012 - the main landing gear of a Boeing 737-400 operating as Flight 122 from Islamabad to Karachi collapsed during its landing at Karachi. No injuries were reported among the 122 passengers and 6 crew on board.[14]
  • 24 September 2015 - a Boeing 737-400 registered AP-BJR and operating as Flight 791 took off from a taxiway instead of the runway while departing from Sharjah. The aircraft was undamaged in the incident.[15]
  • 23 November 2015 - the main landing gear of a Boeing 737-400 registration AP-BJO, operating as Flight 142, collapsed during landing. There were 112 passengers and 7 crew members on board; 10 passengers were injured.[16]


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  2. "Contact Us > Domestic." Shaheen Air. Retrieved on 28 July 2010. "Head Office Shaheen Air International Terminal-1 Road, Jinnah International Airport, Karachi-75200, Pakistan"
  3. Shaheen Air Cargo services accessed 2009-12-31
  4. Cheung, Tai Ming; Tai, Ming Cheung (1 September 2018). "China's Entrepreneurial Army". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  5. "Shaheen Air flights for Riyadh - Anna Aero" Shaheen Air inaugurates operations in Riyadh with three routes from Pakistan
  6. "Shaheen Air risks lives of passengers by operating faulty plane".
  7. "FBR seals off Shaheen Air headquarters over tax default". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  8. "Pakistan's Shaheen Air Int'l to lease seven A319s". ch-aviation. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  9. "Shaheen Air International fleet detail". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  10. 1 2 3 "Shaheen Air Fleet Details and History".
  11. "Shaheen Air 737=800 fleet information".
  12. "Shaheen Air Fleet - Airfleets aviation".
  13. "Registration Details For UR-42376 (Shaheen Air) Yakovlev Yak-42 - PlaneLogger".
  14. "Accident: Shaheen B734 at Karachi on Apr 22nd 2012, left main gear collapse on landing".
  15. "Report: Shaheen B734 at Sharjah on Sep 24th 2015, took off from taxiway".
  16. "Accident: Shaheen B734 at Lahore on Nov 3rd 2015, runway excursion, both main gear collapsed".

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