Kam Air
کام ایر
Kam Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
RQ KMF KAMGAR
Founded30 July 2003
Operating basesKabul International Airport
Secondary hubsMazar-i-Sharif International Airport
Frequent-flyer programOrange Miles
Fleet size12
Destinations21
HeadquartersKabul, Afghanistan
Key peopleZmarai Kamgar (Founder & Chairman) Ravil Aksianov (CEO/Accountable Manager)
Employees1,200+
Websitewww.kamair.com

Kam Air is the largest private Afghan airline.[1] Founded in 2003, Kam Air has twelve aircraft and a workforce of over 1,200 people, operating scheduled domestic passenger services throughout Afghanistan and international services to destinations in Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Its hub is at Kabul International Airport in the capital Kabul.

History

Kam Air was the first private commercial airline established in Afghanistan by the owner and founder of Kamgar Group, Zamarai Kamgar, an Afghan businessman. Kam Air's Operator Certificate (AOC Nr. 001) was issued in August 2003 by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) of Afghanistan. Kam Air was registered with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) three letter airline code, KMF, International Air Transport Association (IATA) two letter code, RQ and financial code 384.

The first flight of Kam Air was operated from Kabul to Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif in November 2003 with a Boeing 727-200, while the first international flight was inaugurated in May 2004 between Kabul and Dubai.

On 25 January 2013, the United States blacklisted Kam Air citing a United States Army investigation that the airline smuggled opium on civilian flights to Tajikistan, an allegation denied by the airline and the Afghan government.[2] The ban was suspended a month later.[3]

On 24 February 2021, Kam Air operated Afghanistan's first ever all-female crew flight. The airline's former first and last commercial female Afghan pilot, then 22-year-old Mohadese Mirzaee, joined now former Captain Veronica Borysova from Ukraine in piloting the Boeing 737-500 from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to Herat. Aside from Veronica the female crew was entirely made up of women from the Hazara ethnic group. The event made global headlines and was first covered by Josh Cahill who documented the flight, and later featured on BBC News, Deutsche Welle and the Business Insider.[4][5] The flight took 90 minutes.[6][7]

Due to the collapse of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, all civilian services in the country were temporarily suspended on 15 August 2021.[8] Kam Air flew some of its planes to Iran to prevent damage during the turmoil.[9] However, domestic flights restarted on 5 September 2021.[10] International flights were also later resumed.[11]

Frequent Flyer Program

Kam Air's frequent flyer program includes a loyalty membership called the Orange Miles.[12]

Destinations

Main article: List of Kam Air destinations

As of September 2019, Kam Air flew to a total of 16 destinations: seven domestic destinations and nine international, in eight countries.[13] The airline had an extensive domestic network, flying to Herat, Zaranj, Kandahar, Trinkot, Mazar-e-sharif, and Faizabad. Internationally, Kam Air flew to Istanbul, Ankara, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Islamabad and New Delhi.[14]

Codeshare agreements

Kam Air has codeshares with the following airlines:[15]

Interline partners

Fleet

A Kam Air Airbus A340-300 at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Kam Air Boeing 737-300 at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Current fleet

As of September 2022, Kam Air has the following aircraft in its fleet:[16]

Kam Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A340-300 3 346 346
Boeing 737-300 4 143 143
Boeing 737-500 1 140 140
Total 8

In August 2021, Kam Air sent an unspecified number of its aircraft to Iran for temporary storage amidst safety concerns following the fall of Kabul and the resulting chaos that surrounded the city's airport.[17]

Former fleet

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:[16]

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ "Afghanistan aviation market: Ariana to renew fleet and resume growth, despite intense competition". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  2. ^ "US blacklists Afghan airline accused of smuggling opium". BBC News. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Kam air row: US suspends ban on Afghan airline". BBC News. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  4. ^ "لومړي ځل افغان مېرمنو د الوتنې ټولې چارې ترسره کړې - BBC News پښتو". BBC News پښتو.
  5. ^ "Kam Air crew & Josh Cahill win Aviation Achievement Awards". www.aerotime.aero. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  6. ^ Foster, Brent (27 February 2021). "Kam Air All-women-crewed Flight Sets Precedent for Afghan Gender Equality". Airways Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  7. ^ Pallini, Thomas. "An airline in Afghanistan says it just flew the country's first flight with an all-female crew — here's what it was like onboard". Business Insider. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  8. ^ n.a. (15 August 2021). "Commercial flights to Afghanistan suspended". Ch Aviation.
  9. ^ Dudley, Dominic (26 August 2021). "Afghan Airline Seeks Refuge In Iran For Its Planes". Forbes.
  10. ^ Abdullah, Syed (25 September 2021). "Pakistan allows Afghan airline Kam to operate 3 flights". Daily Times. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Kam Air to resume flights between Kabul and Tashkent". 12 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Orange Miles FAQs". www.kamair.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Kam Air flight schedule". Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 99.
  15. ^ "Kam Air profile". CAPA. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Kam Air Fleet Details and History".
  17. ^ "Afghanistan's Kam Air sends passenger planes to Iran amid Kabul chaos -Iranian media". 26 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  18. ^ Harro Ranter (3 February 2005). "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-242 EX-037 Kabul". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  19. ^ Hradecky, Simon (12 May 2011). "Report: Kam Air DC86 at Manston on Aug 11th 2010, tail strike on takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  20. ^ "YA-VIC" (PDF). Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  21. ^ "Afghan airline struggles after foreign staff killed in hotel raid". Reuters. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Grounded and Gutted, Main Afghan Airline Struggles After Taliban Attack". The New York Times. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Kam Air Left Reeling by Deadly Kabul Hotel Attack". Gulf Times. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Afghanistan's Kam Air struggles to stay afloat after deadly Kabul attack". Arab News. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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