Afghanistan's Safi Airways Plans Route Expansion, Jet Purchases

  • Safi Airways to expand within three-Hour flight range
  • Airline eyeing 10 to 20 planes within three to five years

Safi Airways, Afghanistan’s privately owned carrier, is planning to expand its network within a three-hour flight radius from Kabul and will talk to Airbus Group SE and Boeing Co. about buying aircraft.

The carrier is targeting growth markets such as Iran, Kuwait and Kazakhstan, Chief Commercial Officer Joshua Bustos told reporters in Dubai. The airline is looking to add 10 to 20 planes in three to five years and is interested in narrow-bodies including Airbus A319, A320, Boeing 737s as well as turboprops, he said.

The airline, which was founded in 2006 and is owned by the Safi Group, currently flies three domestic and four international routes. It will talk to the aircraft manufacturers about which models are available for purchase and is also considering leasing planes, Bustos said. The airline plans to issue a request for proposals this year.

“The world in general is not aware that things in Kabul are improving,” Bustos said. “Business is returning.”

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