Ariana Afghan Airlines is the national carrier of Afghanistan. The airline is based at Kabul International Airport (KBL) and mainly offers domestic flights. Although, it fly some international flights too. The airline is currently flying to more than 10 destinations overall.
Ariana Afghan Airlines launched flights in 1955 and is the largest and oldest airline in the country. The airline has traditionally connected Afghanistan with other destinations across the world, flying to destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Rome, Paris and more. However, in recent years, the airline has been forced to reduce where it flies to internationally and now primarily focuses on domestic flights, as well as flights to countries such as India, Russia, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Kuwait and the UAE.
Along with Kam Air, the airline is the main and best-known airline in Afghanistan. The two airlines fly similar routes and offer similar services.
The carry-on baggage allowance remains the same for both Economy and Business Class, however, checked baggage policies vary between fares.
Passengers are given the same carry-on baggage allowance for both Economy Class or Business Class.
Passengers are each given a free carry-on baggage allowance of one piece per passenger. The maximum total dimensions for carry-on baggage on Ariana Afghan Airlines is 115 linear cms. The maximum weight is 7kg.
The checked baggage allowance for Ariana Afghan Airlines is 30kg for Business Class passengers on domestic flights and 20kg for Economy Class passengers on domestic flights.
On international flights, the checked baggage allowance will vary depending on the route.
Economy Class checked baggage allowances range from 30–50kg, depending on the route.
Business Class checked baggage allowances range from 40–55kg, depending on the route.
Passengers who have already purchased an Ariana Afghan Airlines flight should check their e-ticket for the exact baggage allowance for their flight.
Passenger who are looking to buy an Ariana Afghan Airlines flight and would like to check the specific checked baggage allowance for the flight can find all baggage information on the Alternative Airlines website when they select their flight.
The airline offers an Economy Class cabin for passengers that just want to travel from A to B while keeping the price of their ticket down and a Business Class cabin for passengers that wish to fly in luxury, with more comfortable seats and a personalized service.
The airline doesn't have an in-flight entertainment system onboard its flights. Neither does it have WIFI installed on its planes.
The airline does serve food and drink onboard. In most cases, food and drink aren't complimentary and must be purchased in-flight.
The Ariana Loyalty Club is the frequent flyer program for Ariana Afghan Airlines. The Loyalty Club gives members access to a range of benefits and rewards, with the ability to earn and redeem miles as the primary benefit.
Aside from earning and redeeming air miles, members will also have access to exclusive flight offers, priority check-in, lounge access, priority baggage, priority seat-selection and more.
Ariana flies to several airlines within Afghanistan, as well as to destinations within China, India, Kuwait, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. The destinations that it flies to include, Kabul, Herat, Mazar-I-Sharif Kandahar, Lahore, Urumqi, Delhi, Moscow, Jeddah and more.
Check out all the destinations that it flies to in the table below.
Kam Air is one of the only other currently active airlines in Afghanistan and flies a lot of similar routes to Ariana Afghan Airlines. Turkish Airlines also flies some similar routes that connect destinations in Turkey with destinations in Afghanistan.
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The Ariana Afghan Airlines fleet includes Airbus A310-300, Boeing 737-400 and Boeing 737-500 aircraft.
The airline is based at Hamid Karzai International Airport which is one of the main airports serving Afghanistan. Other airlines that operate out of the airport include SpiceJet, Emirates, Flydubai and Turkish Airlines.
Hamid Karzai International Airport used to be the hub airport, for former airlines Kam Air and Safi Airways.