Shaheen Air

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Shaheen Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993
Commenced operations 2, January 2019
Ceased operations 6 October 2018
Hubs Jinnah International Airport
Fleet size 20
Destinations 22
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan
Key people Javed Sehbai

Shaheen Air (Urdu: شاہین ایئر‎) was a private Pakistani airline with its head office at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and owned by the Khalid Shehbai family (originally established by the Shaheen Foundation).[1][2][3] Shaheen Air provided passenger, cargo and charter services, to major cities in Pakistan and the Middle East. It suspended all operations until further notice in October 2018.


A Shaheen Air International Tupolev Tu-154M taxiing at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates in 1999

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.[4]

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.

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.

In its international operations, Shaheen Air also operated between Pakistan and numerous destinations in the Middle East. Shaheen Air once started flight operations to Riyadh with three different routes from Pakistan.[5]

Shaheen Air was Pakistan's second largest airline next to the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines but due to the recent downfall in the year 2018, the airline lost its business and struggled for suvival. The airline was declared as the defaulter by PCAA and FBR.[6] In October 2018, SAI flight operation completely suspended by local regularity body PCAA and airline declared as financially defaulter. Currently, airline Air operator's certificate (AOC) is in the suspended state, and company struggling for its survival. There is no aircraft left in its fleet. SAI served with a notice too vacate their head office and maintenance hangar at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.[7][8]

New Investor

An un-named investor from Saudi Arabia is helping the airline return to service from January 2019[9], a new Chief Operating Officer has also been hired.[10]. The airlines twitter display image logo has also changed its colour from blue to green reflecting this.[11]


As of October 2018, all of Shaheen's routes are suspended.


Shaheen Air Airbus A320-200
Shaheen Air Airbus A330-200

Shaheen were operating A319, A320 and A330-200 all of which were leased and returned to the lessor.[12]

Former Fleet

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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]


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  3. ^ "Contact Us > Domestic." Shaheen Air. Retrieved on 28 July 2010. "Head Office Shaheen Air International Terminal-1 Road, Jinnah International Airport, Karachi-75200, Pakistan"
  4. ^ Shaheen Air Cargo services accessed 2009-12-31
  5. ^ "Shaheen Air flights for Riyadh - Anna Aero" Shaheen Air inaugurates operations in Riyadh with three routes from Pakistan
  6. ^ Cheung, Tai Ming; Tai, Ming Cheung (1 September 2018). "China's Entrepreneurial Army". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
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  10. ^ Shaheen gets Saudi investor (in Urdu)
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  13. ^ a b c "Shaheen Air Fleet Details and History".
  14. ^ "Shaheen Air 737=800 fleet information".
  15. ^ "Shaheen Air Fleet - Airfleets aviation".
  16. ^ "Registration Details For UR-42376 (Shaheen Air) Yakovlev Yak-42 - PlaneLogger".
  17. ^ "Accident: Shaheen B734 at Karachi on Apr 22nd 2012, left main gear collapse on landing".
  18. ^ "Report: Shaheen B734 at Sharjah on Sep 24th 2015, took off from taxiway".
  19. ^ "Accident: Shaheen B734 at Lahore on Nov 3rd 2015, runway excursion, both main gear collapsed".

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