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Ariana Airline Collapsed Due to High Government Officials

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Ariana Airline Collapsed Due to High Government Officials

Ariana Afghan Airlines chief Nasir Hakimi claimed before the Parliament’s Economic Commission that high-ranking government officials used to travel in flights of other lines instead of the national flag carrier, as a result of which the airline collapsed.

The airline had to run on its meager budget, as the government did not provide funds. The entity did not have enough resources to compete with other domestic airlines, hence it underwent scaling back.

Majority of the employees were expelled. “With only two airplanes, we did not need 300 engineers, so we have to fire them,” Nasiri said to the commission.

Chief Nasiri was summoned to the parliament to answer questions about the entity’s deal with Pamir Airlines. The commission members said that Ariana had purchased seven planes from the private Pamir Airlines for USD 102million.

Nasiri denied any such procurement and said that of the two planes with Ariana, one belonged to Pamir and it was rented at a cost of USD 100,000 per month. The entity had participated in the bidding for procuring the seven Pamir planes, and if they had obtained the planes, the planed would have been sent abroad for a technical examination.

Head of the commission Mir Rahman Rahmani said that the commission were satisfied with Nasiri’s explanations to their inquiries and said that the commission wanted to award an appreciation letter to him.

The airline was established as Ariana Airlines in 1955 with the assistance of Indamer Co. Ltd. In 1970s, the airline was at its peak, offering international flights exclusively. It later merged with Bakhtar Alwatana-which only offered domestic flights, creating an airline which could serve both domestic and international routes.

During the Taliban era, the airline sank down due to the UN sanctions on Afghanistan and the Taliban take-over of the company. Ariana began to rebuild its operations in December 2001, and once again the airline was permitted to fly internationally.

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