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SAW-2009-12 A320 ORDER
Formed in 2007 and started operations in 2008. Formerly Sham Wings Airlines. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Philips Building 4th Floor
P O Box 30588
SYRIA (THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1941. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 185,180 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 17.2 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS DAMASCUS, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
September 2007: Sham Wings Airlines (SAW) receives its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).
January 2008: 1st flight from Damascus to Sharm el Shiekh.
January 2010: Cham Wings Airlines (SAW) provides a regular connection between Damascus and Baghdad and charters within the Middle East.
(IATA) Code: 6Q. (ICAO) Code: SAW (Callsign - SHAMWING).
Slogan: "From the cradle of civilizations . . emerged."
Parent organization/shareholders: Issam Shammout (90%); and Alaa Shammout (10%).
Main base: Damascus International airport (DAM).
Destinations: Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf (Iraq); Antalya (seasonal); Baghdad; Brussels; Damascus; Gothenburg; Istanbul; Jeddah; Kiev; Malmo; Sharm el-Sheikh (seasonal); and Stockholm.
Plans to fly to Liege and Manchester, UK in 2010-05.
February 2010: Ceased operations.
June 2018: "Georgia Bars Syrian Airlines from Crossing Its Airspace"
by Margarita Antidze, "Reuters" June 27, 2018.
Georgia has denied 2 Syrian airlines access to its airspace in retaliation for Damascus recognizing the statehood of 2 Georgian breakaway regions last month, a senior aviation official told Reuters.
One of the airlines, Cham Wings (SAW), was revealed by a Reuters investigation in April to have transported Russian private military contractors to take part in the fighting in Syria. "I can confirm that Georgia's airspace is closed for 2 Syrian air companies: Syrian Air (SYR) and Cham Wings (SAW)," Gocha Mezvrishvili, Head of the ex-Soviet country's Air Navigation Service, said.
"It will be closed for any Syrian air (SYR) companies. We made this decision after Syria recognized our occupied regions."
Syrian Air (SYR), also known as Syrian Arab Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to its Moscow office. A representative of Cham Wings (SAW) in Syria said the company had received Reuters questions and was working on a reply.
Georgia said last month it had started procedures to sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus joined Russia in recognizing Georgian breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.
Flight-tracking website flightradata24.com showed that Cham Wings (SAW) and Syrian Air (SYR) flights between Syria and Russia stopped using Georgian airspace in June. They diverted instead to Georgia's eastern neighbor Azerbaijan, adding about 30 minutes to the flight time.
Mezvrishvili said he had sent a letter to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, which coordinates air traffic control in Europe and of which Georgia is a member, with a request not to route Cham Wings (SAWS) and Syrian Air (SYR) flights through Georgia's airspace.
The 2 are the only airlines operating direct flights between Syria and Russia. Civilian flights between the 2 countries had been passing through Georgia because Turkey, the most direct route, denies Syrian aircraft overflight rights.
Russia is the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and his administration depends heavily on Russian goods and military support.
The Reuters investigation published in April found that Cham Wings (SAW) charter flights from the Russian city of Rostov to Syria were transporting Russian private military contractors who are fighting for Assad's forces.
The Kremlin says any private contractors in Syria are nothing to do with the Russian authorities. But Reuters reporters tracked busloads of men landing in Rostov on a Cham Wings (SAW) flight traveling onwards to a Russian defense ministry base.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in wars in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Georgia and Russia fought a short war over South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008.
After that war ended, Moscow, whose forces triumphed, recognized both regions as independent countries. The move was followed by Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and now Syria.