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Pamir Airways was a privately owned airline headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan,[1] operating scheduled passenger flights out of Kabul International Airport. The company name is derived from the Pamir Mountains and translates "roof of the world".

Pamir Airways
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Commenced operations1995
Ceased operations2011
HubsKabul International Airport
Fleet size5 (upon closure)
Destinations10 (upon closure)
Company sloganFly with confidence
HeadquartersKabul, Afghanistan
Key peopleSherkhan Farnood (Chairman)



As the first private airline[citation needed] in the history of the country, Pamir Airways was issued an Air Operator's Certificate in 1994[1] by the authorities then in charge of civil aviation in the Islamic State of Afghanistan. Flight operations were launched in 1995 with an initial fleet of one Boeing 707-300 and two Antonov An-12 aircraft.[citation needed]

In April 2008, Pamir Airways was taken over by a group of Afghan businessmen under the leadership of Sherkhan Farnood, the president of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries and former chairman of Kabul Bank, who subsequently became chairman of the airline. Following the investment, Pamir Airways received a loan for $98 million from Kabul Bank, which was later exposed as one having indescribly poor lending standards (e.g. little to no interest required, no collateral required and repayment essentially optional)[2] An effort was made to re-organize the Pamir assets, including its aging fleet of grounded planes, which could not be sold at high enough prices to reclaim the funds, though.[2] As a consequence, the license of the airline was withdrawn, officially due to the poor safety record on 19 March 2011.[3][4]


Upon closure, Pamir Airways operated scheduled services to the following destinations:[5]

During the Hajj season, Pamir Airways played a major role in taking Afghan pilgrims to Saudi Arabia (9,000 in 2004 and 15,000 in 2005).[citation needed]


A Pamir Airways Boeing 737-400 shortly after take-off at Dubai International Airport in 2009.

Over the years, Pamir Airways operated the following aircraft types:[6]

Pamir Airways fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Antonov An-12 1995
Antonov An-24 2010
Boeing 707 1995
Boeing 737-200 2008 2011 1 remained in fleet upon closure
Boeing 737-400 2009 2011 4 remained in fleet upon closure
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 2005

Incidents and accidentsEdit


  1. ^ a b Pamir Airways entry at
  2. ^ a b "Afghan Elite Borrowed Freely From Kabul Bank". The New York Times. 28 March 2011.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Afghan Elite Borrowed Freely From Kabul Bank". The New York Times. 28 March 2011.
  5. ^ Pamir Airways flight schedule retrieved 25 April 2011.
  6. ^ Pamir Airways fleet list at
  7. ^ Afghan Official: Passenger Plane Crashes
  8. ^ Afghan passenger flight reported missing
  9. ^ "Britons in Afghan aeroplane crash". BBC News Online. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pamir Airways at Wikimedia Commons