Safi Airways' new Chief Development Officer, Tom De Geytere, stated the Afghan carrier plans to open new passenger and cargo services to Beijing in the coming months and also new services to Istanbul, Moscow and Delhi (khaleejtimes, 07-Jun-2010). Established in 2006, Safi Airways has a rapid expansion plan for the next four years. The carrier operates a four aircraft fleet but plans to increase this with the lease of two A320s. The first, leased from ILFC, is expected to commence Kabul-Frankfurt service from the end of Jun-2010, with hopes to increase frequency on the route.
Safi Airways: “We are not in the business of getting brand new aircraft. We hope to keep investment to an acceptable level for the short term. But by 2014, we hope to have 11 aircraft in our fleet, which will be mixed ownership,” Tom De Geytere, Chief Development Officer. Source: Khaleej Times, 07-Jun-2010.