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Safi Airways Plans Expansion

Safi Airways Plans Expansion

2015 10 26

2015 10 26

Afghan carrier Safi Airways plans to expand aggressively in the coming three years and will approach Boeing and Airbus about aircraft purchases.

Business is growing, driven by demand, Joshua Bustos told a conference in Dubai without elaborating.

"We're going to speak to Airbus and Boeing to determine what's available but we do plan an aggressive expansion," he said.

Safi Airways is eyeing 10 to 20 narrow-bodied aircraft that will fly routes that are within a three-hour range from Kabul, destinations that will be immediately profitable for the carrier, Bustos said.

"Iran is on top of the list to go to, along with Kuwait," he said, adding that Kazakhstan was also in its plans.

Aircraft types the airline is looking into include the Airbus A320 family and Boeing's 737.

"We would like 10-20 aircraft within the next three years, depending on aircraft availability," he said. These would include the option to lease, he said.

The Kabul-based carrier continues to face an EU-ban, he said, and is working with the civil aviation regulator in Afghanistan and relevant parties to get the ban lifted.

The airline, however, complies with IATA's Operational Safety Audit, an industry safety standard.

With a fleet of five aircraft, Safi Airways flies to three domestic and four international destinations.

Owned by private Safi Group, the airline was founded in 2006.

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