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The Buckingham Shamal is a multi-role, jet powered business aeroplane in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V, available in the airports of all the three cities in San Andreas.

Its model is based on the Learjet 60 in GTA San Andreas, and a Learjet 45 in GTA V. Similar unflyable business jets also make multiple appearances in other Grand Theft Auto games.


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 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 V

"The Shamal is a mid-size business jet known for its cimb and cruise performance, 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 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. Like it's predecessor, it seems to be a considerably fast aircraft, and possibly inspired on the Learjet 45. It also has 16 passenger windows in total (8 on each side)

It can be purchased for $1,150,000 in the in-game website.

The Shamal also seems to have a similar variant painted in glossy black, named the Luxor.

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:


GTA San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V


  • In Arabic, Shamal means "North", however in Arabic it's 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 in Los Santos.

The pictures found in Max Payne 3.

  • 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 .

See Also

  • Ghawar, non-controllable equivalent in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
  • Luxor, another private jet in Grand Theft Auto V.


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