Kabul based Safi Airways increases capacity to Frankfurt.
Five months since the inauguration of the Frankfurt-Kabul route, Safi Airways, the international airline from Afghanistan, will now operate this route with an Airbus 340-300 from early December onwards.
With the new aircraft type, the seat capacity on the only nonstop carrier between Afghanistan and Europe will be increased by 30 per cent. Cargo Capacity will now amount up to 20 tons per flight. The fleet enlargement of Safi Airways with the A340 – which is the biggest commercial airplane ever operated by an afghan carrier – demonstrates the solid and fast growth of the airline.
The Safi Airbus offers a total of 285 seats, out of which 30 in Business Class, 227 in Economy Class and 28 in the new Premium Economy Class. This service class offers a comfortable 97 centimeter seat pitch and more leg room than the traditional economy class whereas Business Class passengers enjoy a seat pitch of 140 centimeter. Also in the pipeline, from February 2010 onwards passengers onboard the A340 will enjoy a comprehensive personal in seat on board entertainment program with several video and audio channels.
Making this announcement, Rahim Safi, Chairman of Safi Airways stated, “We are very excited; the Kabul – Frankfurt route has been received so well from the beginning. Passenger load in the past as well as advanced bookings continuously exceed our expectations. With the A340 we show our confidence in this extremely important intercontinental route. With this modern aircraft and the new premium economy class we will offer even better comfort and service as before; hence it’s great value for money. Safi Airways is now positioning itself as the leading international airline of Afghanistan. No Afghan airline has ever operated such a large aircraft until date.”
With 3 non stop flights a week, this route on Safi Airways is used by the large contingent of Afghan nationals living abroad, a