Safi Airways appoints executive vice chairman

Published March 17th, 2010 - 10:14 GMT
Safi Airways, the international airline of Afghanistan, has appointed Captain Werner Borchert as executive vice chairman at a time when the airline has achieved three successive months of profitability. He was formerly COO of the airline based in Kabul.
Safi chairman Rahim Safi said: “Werner has done an excellent job through a difficult period for the aviation industry and will now play a more active role in growing the airline as we renew our fleet and expand the route network.”
 Borchert has a long career in the aviation industry playing a pivotal role in the launch of the Abu Dhabi airline Etihad and also Jet Airways of India. He is a career pilot and trainer and is an expert on the compliance rules of international aviation.
The senior management team of Safi Airways now consists of Werner Borchert as COO and executive vice chairman, fellow German Claus Fischer as CCO, and Belgian Tom deGeytere as CFO. They all joined Safi in early 2009 and worked on turning the airline into profitability.
Safi Airways currently operates international passenger flights between Kabul and Frankfurt, Kuwait, Doha and Dubai. It plans to commence flights to three more destinations in the near future.
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About Safi Airways:
Safi Airways (IATA Code 4Q) is the leading international airline of Afghanistan. Headquartered in Kabul and Dubai (UAE) is the first Afghan airline to be compliant with the safety standards of the international Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Safi Airways operates scheduled and charter services and offers cargo space on its flights. The senior management includes COO Mr. Werner Borchert, CCO Mr. Claus Fischer and CFO Mr. Tom deGeytere who all are well seasoned European airline experts. Apart from Kabul, the airline serves Frankfurt, Dubai, Kuwait, and Doha at present. Bookings can be made online (www.safiairways.com) and through major GDS with all IATA travel agents worldwide.

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