Safi Airways

IATA Code: 4Q | ICAO code: SFW | Callsign SAFI AIRWAYS

Safi Airways Ltd.
P.O.Box 184082
Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4 295 1040
Fax: 971 4 295 647
Flight Operations
Kabul International Airport
Kabul, Afghanistan

Ownership: privately held (100%)

Safi Airways is an Afghan airline  based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in September 2006, Safi Airways operates international passenger flights connecting Afghanistan with cities in Europe and the Middle East. while presently has weekly flights between Kabul and Dubai.

Safi Airways Boeing 767-200ER is utilized on a ad-hoc basis as the Presidential Flight for President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

Executives: Rahim Safi (Chairman of the Board),  Tilmann Gabriel (Chief Executive Officer) and Tom De Geytere (Chief Development Officer).

In November 2010 the European Commission (EU) placed a ban for flight operations of all Afghan registered aircraft into the EU airspace,resulting  Safi Airways  suspended (till further notice) flights to Frankfurt, effective 10th January 2011.  Safi Airways issued a statement:  ".............This blanket ban on all Afghan registered aircraft was due to the deficiencies in Afghanistan’s civil aviation regulatory body, the Ministry of Transport Civil Aviation (MoTCA).  Not because of any safety deficiency associated with Safi Airways...."

Safi Airways fleet consist of the following:
  • 1 x Airbus A320-210 (engines CFM56) (leased from ILFC)
  • 2 x Boeing 737-300 (engines CFM56)
  • 1 x Boeing 767-200ER (engines JT9D)

NB: Operates under an AOC (number: AOC 181) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and is on the EU current listed of Banned Operators
Safi Airways Receives IATA Membership
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Safi Airways, a privately owned scheduled operator based in Afghanistan, has received full IATA membership. The airline obtained IATA’s operational safety audit (IOSA) earlier this year. Read More
Safi Airways in Partnership with Gulf Air to Operate Six Flights a Week from Manama to Kabul
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Safi Airways announce a new route to Bahrain, scheduled to commence operation from Kabul, Afghanistan to Manama on 24th June 2012. The route is part of a codeshare agreement with Bahrain’s flag carrier Gulf Air who will operate an additional three flights per week. Safi Airways will assign its flight number on the three flights operated by Gulf Air from Manama to Kabul, offering customers a choice of six flights a week to and from the Kingdom.  Read More
Safi Airways Launches Two Domestic Routes
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Safi Airways announced it will launch two new internal flights in Afghanistan on 16 June 2012. The domestic services will operate from Kabul to Herat on a daily basis, and from Kabul to Kandahar every Monday, Thursday and Saturday according to the below timetable. Read More
Safi Airways Obtains IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Certification
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Safi Airways, obtained IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).The IOSA programme is recognised worldwide and accepted as evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. Read More
Lufthansa Technik AG and Safi Airways Extend Services Agreement
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Lufthansa Technik AG and Safi Airways from Afghanistan have further extended their cooperation by adding an Airbus A340-300 to a comprehensive four-year-agreement covering a Total Component Support TCS® and line maintenance services up to A-Checks in Frankfurt. Read More