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Afghanistan is a republic in south-western Asia, bordered on the north by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan; on the east by China and the part of the disputed territory of Jammu and KashmÓr controlled by Pakistan; on the south by Pakistan; and on the west by Iran. Afghanistan was a monarchy from 1747 to 1973, when the king was overthrown by military officers and the country was proclaimed a republic; the republic dissolved in 1992 as the country erupted in civil war. Afghanistan lies across ancient trade and invasion routes from Central Asia into India. This position has been the greatest influence on its history because the invaders often settled there. Today the population includes many different ethnic groups. Most of the present borders of the country were drawn up in the 19th century, when Afghanistan became a buffer state, or neutral zone, between Russia and British India. K‚bul is the capital and largest city

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Country Code YA

14 Oct 2017

East Horizon Airlines started its cargo operations Dec2013. Ceased operations in Mar2017 [status change]

21 Aug 2017

ch-aviation reporting that Safi Airways has ceased operations again [status change]

10 Jan 2017

Safi Airways had their operations suspended by AfCAA following an outstanding tax bill has restarted [status change]

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

AJI (Afghan Jet International)  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2014 - date
Airline Code : HN : AJA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : AJI (Afghan Jet International) was founded in 2013 & commenced operations on 12Apr2014 (serves domestic destinations from its base at Hamid Karzai International Airport)

Ariana Afghan Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

1956 - date
Airline Code : FG : AFG
Genealogy : Aryana Airlines >Ariana Afghan Airlines >>Bakhtar Afghan Airlines >>Ariana Afghan Airlines
Comments : ARIANA was formed as ARYANA AIRLINES on 27Jan1955 by India's Indamer. Renamed to current name in 1956. Took over BAKHTAR ALWATANA in 1988. National carrier of Afganistan offering scheduled services, both domestic and international out of Kabul Airport. Ceased operating after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and it's consequential attack on Afghanistan. Restarted operations in early 2002 with help from Air India

Aryana Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1955 - 1956
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Aryana Airlines >Ariana Afghan Airlines >>Bakhtar Afghan Airlines >>Ariana Afghan Airlines
Comments : ARIANA was formed as ARYANA AIRLINES on 27Jan1955 by India's Indamer. Renamed to current name in 1956. Took over BAKHTAR ALWATANA in 1988. National carrier of Afganistan offering scheduled services, both domestic and international out of Kabul Airport. Ceased operating after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and it's consequential attack on Afghanistan. Restarted operations in early 2002 with help from Air India

Bakhtar Afghan Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1985 - 1988
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Bakhtar Alwatana >Bakhtar Afghan Airlines >>Ariana Afghan Airlines
Comments : Bakhtar Afghan Airlines was formed as Bakhtar Alwatana & commenced operations in 1967. Renamed in 1985 [ARIANA was formed as ARYANA AIRLINES on 27Jan1955 by India's Indamer. Renamed to current name in 1956. Took over BAKHTAR ALWATANA in 1988. National carrier of Afganistan offering scheduled services, both domestic and international out of Kabul Airport. Ceased operating after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and it's consequential attack on Afghanistan. Restarted operations in early 2002 with help from Air India]

Bakhtar Alwatana   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1967 - 1985
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Bakhtar Alwatana >Bakhtar Afghan Airlines >>Ariana Afghan Airlines
Comments : Bakhtar Afghan Airlines was formed as Bakhtar Alwatana & commenced operations in 1967. Renamed in 1985 [ARIANA was formed as ARYANA AIRLINES on 27Jan1955 by India's Indamer. Renamed to current name in 1956. Took over BAKHTAR ALWATANA in 1988. National carrier of Afganistan offering scheduled services, both domestic and international out of Kabul Airport. Ceased operating after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and it's consequential attack on Afghanistan. Restarted operations in early 2002 with help from Air India]

Balkh Airlines (i)  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996 - 1997
Airline Code : -- : BHI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Formed by Christopher Barret-Jolley in conjunction with Rashid Dostum, Afghan warlord of Mazar-I-Sharif. Ceased operations when Dostum fled to Iran.

Balkh Airlines (ii)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2005* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Bamiyan Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1997 - 1997
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

East Horizon Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2013 - 2017
Airline Code : EA : EHN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : East Horizon Airlines was formed in 2013 & started its cargo operations with flights between Faryab and Hera in Dec2013. Ceased operations in Mar2017

Kabul Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2007 - 2008*
Airline Code : -- : KBL
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Kabul Air was formed in 2006

Kam Air (KamAir)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2003 - date
Airline Code : RQ : KMF
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Kam Cargo   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2010)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Khyber Afghan Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2001* - date
Airline Code : -- : KHY
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Khyber Afghan Airlines was founded in 2001 (It is a cargo airline based at Jalalabad Airport)

MarcoPolo Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2003 - 2004
Airline Code : -- : MCP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : MarcoPolo Airways was formed in 2003

Oxus Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2015)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Oxus Air - unsure of details as yet

Pamir Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1995 - 2011
Airline Code : NR : PIR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Pamir Airways was founded in 1995

Safi Airways  updated in 2017 x2

Status : Restarting

Dates :

2007 - 2017
Airline Code : 4Q : SFW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Safi Airways was established in 2006 & launched services in Nov2007 with flights between Kabul and Sharjah. Operations suspended by AfCAA following its failure to settle an outstanding tax bill. Restarted but ceased again Aug2017 (International and regional services out of Dubai International)
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