Similar unflyable business jets also make multiple appearances in other Grand Theft Auto games.
Design and appearances
GTA San AndreasThe aircraft model is based on multiple Learjet business jets. The body is inspired on the Learjet 36A, while the wings are more similar to Learjet models after the 60. The aircraft nose is considerably longer than most Learjets, also resembling a later model.
The most prominent appearance of the Shamal is during "Freefall", when the plane's interior can be seen. The size of the interior appears larger than usual for an aircraft with a relatively small fuselage, and the interior incongruously features 16 windows (9 on the left and 7 on the right) when the plane features only 8 outside.
Grand Theft Auto VThe Shamal appeared in the first trailer and later in one of the screenshots for Grand Theft Auto V, implying that it would most likely return as a functional plane. This was confirmed by the gameplay trailer, that showed the Shamal being flown over the Land Act Dam.
It is based on modern Learjet models in GTA V, namely the Learjet 45, with some inspiration from a Cessna Citation 560. It also has 16 passenger windows in total (8 on each side). The role of the aircraft is now different though - Instead of being a business jet, like in San Andreas, it is now a commuter jet, being owned by multiple airliners for short regional flights. The role of a private jet is now attributed to the Luxor, a plane much similar to the Shamal (Only with a black paint scheme) also manufactured by Buckingham.
The Shamal is featured in the singleplayer mission Caida Libre, where it is shot down by Michael DeSanta and then chased by Trevor as it falls down in the desert. It is also stolen by players for Lester in the online mission Landing Strip.
Similar to the Jet, the Shamal bears the liveries of multiple airlines in Grand Theft Auto V.
GTA San Andreas
The Shamal is available to the player since the beginning of GTA San Andreas, in the Los Santos International Airport, acquirable by trespassing over the security booth if the player still hasn't got the pilots license. It is a considerably fast jet, being on par with the Rustler, and due to it's availability, the Shamal is a good choice for players who are just learning to fly jets, as its handling is balanced and it's easy to land on runways. Also, despite its interior size, it can transport only the player.
- "The Shamal is a small commuter jet known for its climb and cruise performance with the Luxor filling the role for a business jet. The Shamal has balanced handling and economical fuel consumption. At current gas prices, you can fly a Shamal coast to coast for just $50,000, without even a second thought for the ozone layer."
- ―Elitás Travel webpage
The Shamal is now a much faster aircraft, beating any propeller-powered plane in the game. Similar to San Andreas, it is also available from the start in Los Santos International Airport and, due to having a great and responsive handling, it remains as a great plane for learning to pilot. In the hands of a moderately skilled pilot, it can easily win any multiplayer races. Thanks to the speed and handling of the aicraft, it also has a great capability for performing stunts, being able to steer and do barrel rolls extremely fast.
It can be purchased for $1,150,000 in the in-game ElitasTravel.com website.
Similar business jets
Despite none being named as "Shamal" or even accessible to the player, many similar private jets appear as an uncontrollable and mostly stationary aircraft in the series:
- In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City there are multiple parked business jets around the Francis and Escobar airports based off the Learjet 35.
- In GTA Advance, during Freedom Flies, a cutscene shows a plane similar to the Shamal.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, a jet also similar to the Learjet 35 but with a considerably larger fuselage and wing span, decorated with blue stripes, appears in multiple missions. It is first seen in the introductory mission, Soldier, as belonging to the dealer Victor Vance meets. It is later seen parked in Escobar International during Snitch Hitch and ends up being escorted out of the airport by Vance while it takes off in Farewell to Arms.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV and it's expansions, business jets still remain unattainable (nor can any other planes be flown) but such vehicles can still be found at Francis International Airport, featuring an updated design. One such plane is used by Kenny Petrovic during the Hangman's NOOSE multiplayer mission where, in up to four players, must hold back NOOSE units and escort Petrovic from his jet at Francis International Airport to a safepoint.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, a jet also similar to the Learjet 35 is introduced in the first mission of the game, used by Huang Lee to travel to Liberty City. For the rest of the game, just as in GTA IV, is an uncontrollable aircraft at the Francis International Airport. It can also be seen taking off and landing in the runways, but never taxing or moving from them.
- In the Grand Theft Auto IV DLC Ballad of Gay Tony, Ray Bulgarin owns a much larger business jet named Ghawar. Also in The Ballad of Gay Tony, the only time a regular business jet isn't stationary is during the mission Bang Bang, where Luis must destroy one before it takes off.
GTA San Andreas
- Los Santos International Airport, one of them just northwest of the runway.
- Easter Bay International Airport, two of them next to southeastern access road, another one next to the fuel tanks, where the Stinger can be also obtained.
- Las Venturas Airport, two of them between the two sets of ramps, west of the runway. During the mission Saint Mark's Bistro there is another one at the northern end of the runway, which is supposed to serve CJ as transport to Liberty City and back.
- During the mission Freefall it flies to Las Venturas and CJ is supposed to jack it with a Dodo, eliminate the strike team and pilot inside and land the plane at LVA.
Grand Theft Auto V
- Can be purchased for $1,150,000 on the Elitás Travel's website.
- Frequently found in Los Santos International Airport. (Single Player only)
GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto V
- In Arabic, Shamal means "North", however it is pronounced "Shemal", not "Shamal" .
- In GTA: San Andreas, while in the interior of the Shamal during Freefall, the player can shoot out the lights and headrests.
- The Shamal can be seen on the TV show I'm Rich in GTA IV, possibly suggesting that it was cut from the game.
- The Shamal and the Dodo are the only airplanes that spawn in the 3D Universe rendition Los Santos (Despite many others obviously spawning in other cities on the state of San Andreas).
- Pictures of the Shamal, amongst other planes, can be seen in the Max Payne 3 multiplayer map Tiete River Docks. Interestingly, said game was released by Rockstar in 2012, a year before Grand Theft Auto V.
- As noted in the gallery, there was a beta variant of the Shamal without any airline livery, although this could be a beta Luxor.
- Ghawar, non-controllable equivalent in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
- Luxor, another private jet in Grand Theft Auto V.