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Shaheen Air

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. 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, Karachi, with secondary hubs at Benazir Bhutto
International Airport, Islamabad and at Allama Iqbal International Airport,
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 In 2004, Shaheen Air International
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. 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. Shaheen
Air is now operating flights also for Dammam.
Shaheen Air started its own maintenance repair organization by the name of
Shaheen Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Services 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
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 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. Destinations
Incidents and Accidents 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. Fleet
As of July 2015 the Shaheen Air fleet consists of the following aircraft: The
average age of Shaheen Air fleet is 18.6 years and for the Boeing aircraft it is
22.8 years. These are some of the highest in the aviation industry.
Previously operated Shaheen operated these aircraft in the
past. Airbus A300B4-203
Airbus A310-300 Airbus A321-200
Boeing 737-200 Boeing 737-800
Boeing 767-200ER Tupolev Tu-154M
Yakovlev Yak-42D References
External links Shaheen Air
Shaheen Air aircraft at Shaheen Air Fare and Schedule Details

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