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.
The plane draws its influence from the Learjet 60.
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A parked Shamal in GTA San Andreas, with its door open.
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The interior of the Shamal, as seen in the mission Freefall.
Prominent appearances in missions
The most prominent appearance of Shamal is in mission Freefall. The plane's interior can be seen; incongruously, this shows seven sets of windows, despite there being only four on the Shamal model.
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 Grand Theft Auto IV, business jets still remain uncontrollable (nor can any other planes be flown) but a Shamal (or Shamal-like business jet) can still be found at Francis International Airport, featuring an updated design. This 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 the safepoint.