Category Archives: Kam Air

Reuters: Kam Air struggles to resume operations

Kam Air Boeing 737-86N TC-AAB (msn 28620) DXB (Konstantin von Wedelstaedt). Image: 940750.

From Reuters:

Afghan airline Kam Air is struggling to resume operations after nine staff members were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel at the weekend, a company director said on Wednesday.

The bodies of seven Ukrainian employees of the airline, among at least 20 people killed in Saturday’s raid on Kabul’s Hotel Intercontinental, were sent home on Wednesday. The other two Kam Air staffers killed were from Venezuela.

Most of the other foreign staff have left the country, crippling operations.

“We used to have 37 flights a day on average. We now have about seven,” Ramin Youresh, business development director for the Kam group of companies, told Reuters.

“Most domestic flights are cancelled because we don’t have the crew and we don’t have the airplanes.”

Kam Air, one of three main Afghan airlines, provides links between major cities in a country where travel by road is often dangerous and unreliable. It also flies some international routes in the region.

It was the second time in less than a year that a major private company in Afghanistan had suffered a devastating loss. More than 30 employees of mobile phone company Roshan Telecommunications were killed in a truck bomb attack near the German embassy in Kabul in May last year.

Kam Air had 62 expatriate staff, both pilots and cabin crew, who used the Intercontinental as their Kabul base. About 40 of them were in the hotel at the time of the attack.

“Most of them have left, they’re in a bad way, they’re in shock. They need three or four weeks to recover, then decide if they are willing to come back,” Youresh said.

“We expect most won’t come back.”

Copyright Photo: Kam Air Boeing 737-86N TC-AAB (msn 28620) DXB (Konstantin von Wedelstaedt). Image: 940750.

Kam Air aircraft slide show:

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Kam Air suspends operations after 11 crew members are killed

Kam Air (Kabul) suspended all operations after a tragic and violent attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Bagh-e-Bala section of Kabul. 11 crew member were killed by the Taliban who stormed the hotel. All were foreign workers for the airline. Three other people were reportedly killed. The siege ended after 13 hours.

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Will foreign pilots and other crew members now be willing to come to war-torn Afghanistan after this deadly attack?

All photos by Kam Air.

Kam Air aircraft slide show:

Kam Air to transition to an all-Airbus A320 fleet

Kam Air (Kabul, Afghanistan) has announced it will retire and change its Boeing fleet to an all-Airbus A320 fleet. The airline posted this short statement:

Kam Air plans to introduce a fleet of all Airbus A320 aircraft only to replace its existing Boeing fleet.The project to be completed in 6 months.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Kam Air). Boeing 747-281F 4L-TZS (msn 24576) is pictured at Sharjah wearing a 2012 livery.

Kam Air aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Kam Air current fleet:

Kam Air fleet

Kam Air Fleet Photos

Kam Air A320 poster

Route Map:

Kam Air 11.2014 Route Map

Video TV commercial (in Afghan):

Safi Airways, Ariana and Kam Air are banned from the EU

Safi Airways, Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air (all Kabul) have been banned by the European Commission from flying in EU airspace due to safety concerns. The EU banned all airlines from Afghanistan.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on the photo for additional information.