The first time the player could fly the Shamal was in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The plane, despite its interior size, can only transport the player. The Shamal is a good choice for people who are just learning to fly jets, as its handling is balanced, and it's easy to land on runways. Shamal is based on the Learjet 55 and Learjet 60. The GTA III Shamal is based on the Learjet 35.
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.
The Shamal appears as an uncontrollable aircraft at the Francis International Airport.
The jet is introduced in the first mission of the game. Huang Lee used it 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.
The Shamal will reappear in Grand Theft Auto V, as a similar plane is seen at the end of the trailer and in one screenshot.
- 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 fuel tanks, where 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 notrhern 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.
- Francis International Airport, however non-accessible.
- Airports in Los Santos.(possibly)
- In other GTA games, business jets resembling the Shamal first appeared in Grand Theft Auto III and then Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; however, the player could not fly the plane. The plane has also been depicted in take-off and landing in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories; in GTA Liberty City Stories, the player can stand on the plane's wing while it's accelerating to fly away, but will most likely fall after a while, and in GTA Vice City Stories, the plane is seen entering and exiting Escobar International Airport from time to time. A glitch allows the player to enter the plane in GTA Vice City Stories, but it is not controllable.
- In GTA Advance, during Freedom Flies, a cutscene shows a plane similar to the Shamal.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, business jets still remain uncontrollable (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 wherein up to four players must hold back NOOSE units and escort Petrovic from his jet at Francis International Airport to a safepoint.
- In the Grand Theft Auto IV DLC Ballad of Gay Tony, Ray Bulgarin owns a similar plane called a Ghawar.
- 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.
- In Arabic, Shamal means "North".
- Ghawar, non-controllable equivalent in The Ballad of Gay Tony.