Iran Air Tours

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Iran Air Tours
Iran Air Tour.jpg
IATA
B9
ICAO
IRB
Callsign
AIR TOUR
Founded 1973[1]
Hubs
Fleet size 10 (+5 orders)
Destinations 16
Parent company Iran Air
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Key people Abbas Fallah (Chairman)
Website www.iranairtours.com/en

Iran Air Tours is an airline based in Tehran, Iran. The airline mainly operates under the English name Iran Airtour (i.e. without the plural "s") as written in Persian (Persian: ایران ایر تور‎). This error is due to confusion between different pluralization rules in English and Persian. Iran Air Tours is a subsidiary of Iran Air and operates scheduled domestic services and international services in the Middle East, as well as charter services, particularly for pilgrimage tours.[2] Its main base is Mashhad International Airport.[3] The ICAO code for the carrier is IRB.

History[edit]

The airline was established in 1973 by Iran Air and started scheduled operations in the early 1990s with services for its domestic tours division.[4] Beginning in the early 1990s and continuing into early 2010s, the mainline Iran Air continued to use American and Western European-made aircraft,[5] the subsidiary Iran Air Tours operated Soviet-made aircraft, primarily the Tupolev Tu-154M.[4][6] For a brief period, the Yakovlev Yak-42D was also operated.[7] The airline was the launch customer for Iranian-assembled version of the Ukrainian-designed Antonov 140 turboprop. Due to unpublicized reasons, the carrier did not accept deliveries of the type.[8] IRB was also to have received several Tupolev Tu-204SM, the much modernized version of the Tupolev Tu-204. As of April 2014, these aircraft have not been delivered due to the United States economic embargo against Iran (see the Tupolev Tu-204 article for further details.

The grounding of Iranian Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft in February 2011, IRB was faced with loss of its primary type. A number of used McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft (primarily the MD-82) were brought online. The latter remains the only type in service as of early 2014.[9]

For a brief period, two Airbus 300 aircraft were also operated but these were transferred to the parent Iran Air.[10]

Destinations[edit]

An Iran Airtour McDonnell Douglas MD-82 landing at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran. (2011)
An Iran Airtour Tupolev Tu-154M landing at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran. (2010)

Iran Airtour operates scheduled services to the following destinations:[11]

Hub
Passenger + Cargo
Charter
Terminated route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abadan  Iran ABD OIAA Abadan Airport
Ahwaz  Iran AWZ OIAW Ahwaz Airport
Baghdad  Iraq BGW ORBI Baghdad International Airport
Bandar Abbas  Iran BND OIKB Bandar Abbas Airport
Bushehr  Iran BUZ OIBB Bushehr Airport
Chahbahar  Iran ZBR OIZC Konarak Airport
Damascus  Syria DAM OSDI Damascus International Airport [Temporarily suspended]
Dezful  Iran DEF OIAD Dezful Airport
Dubai  United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Isfahan  Iran IFN OIFM Isfahan Airport
Kermanshah  Iran KSH OICC Shahid Ashrafi Esfahani Airport
Mashhad  Iran MHD OIMM Mashhad International Airport
Rasht  Iran RAS OIGG Rasht Airport
Sari  Iran SRY OINZ Dasht-e Naz Airport
Shiraz  Iran SYZ OISS Shiraz Airport
Tabriz  Iran TBZ OITT Tabriz Airport
Tehran  Iran IKA OIIE Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)
Tehran  Iran THR OIII Mehrabad Airport [Domestic]
Urmia  Iran OMH OITR Urmia Airport
Yazd  Iran AZD OIYY Shahid Sadooghi Airport
Zahedan  Iran ZAH OIZH Zahedan Airport

Current Fleet[edit]

The Iran Air Tours fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2011):[12][13]

Iran Airtour Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 10 0 172 172 One aircraft is operated by Ararat International Airlines and

nine aircraft are operated by Bukovyna Airlines[14]

143/147 143/147
Tupolev Tu-204 0 5 TBA 210 Part of the 35 orders made by Iran Air
Total 10 5

Incidents and accidents[edit]

[15]

8 February 1993
A Tupolev Tu-154 was departing on a non-scheduled flight from Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran, to Mashhad International Airport when it became involved in a mid-air collision with an Iranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 fighter plane that was on approach to the same airport. All 12 crew members and 119 passengers on board, plus both pilots of the Su-24, were killed for a total of 133 fatalities.[16]
12 February 2002
Iran Air Tours Flight 956, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed into the Sefid Kouh mountains during heavy rain, snow and dense fog while descending for Khorramabad Airport. All twelve crew members and 107 passengers were killed.[17]
1 September 2006
A Tupolev Tu-154 operating as Flight 945 from Bandar Abbas Airport with 11 crew and 137 passengers on board burst into flames upon landing at Mashhad International Airport, Iran killing 28 of those on board.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iranairtours.ir/en/component/content/article/97
  2. ^ http://www.iranair.it/english/profile/iran-air-tours-en.shtml
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 94. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.iranairtours.com/en/component/content/article/97
  5. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Iran-Air
  6. ^ http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?query=airframes&where=ifnull%28t.marketing%2Ct.type_id%29%3D3350105+and+a.rowseq%3D100009+and+ifnull%28unused_flag%2C%27%24%27%29%3C%3E%27ntu%27+and+ifnull%28ex_flag%2C%27%24%27%29%3C%3E%27nnb%27+and+ifnull%28to_flag%2C%27%24%27%29+not+in+%28%27to%27%2C%27to%3F%27%2C%27w%2Fo%27%2C%27w%2Fo%3F%27%2C%27hlk%27%2C%27b%2Fu%27%2C%27cvt%27%2C%27pvd%27%2C%27ufo%27%2C%27%40%27%29&orderby=1%20desc,2,3,4,6,7,8&info=Subfleet%3A+Tu-154M+of+Iran+Air+Tours&qstring=Tu-154M+of+Iran+Air+Tours
  7. ^ w.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?query=airframes&where=ifnull(t.marketing%2Ct.type_id)%3D3325101+and+a.rowseq%3D100009&orderby=1 desc,2,3,4,6,7,8&info=Subfleet%3A+Yak-42D+of+Iran+Air+Tours&qstring=Yak-42D+of+Iran+Air+Tours
  8. ^ http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?query=airframes&where=ifnull%28t.marketing%2Ct.type_id%29%3D2275101+and+a.rowseq%3D100009&orderby=1%20desc,2,3,4,6,7,8&info=Subfleet%3A+Iran-140_%28An-140%29+of+Iran+Air+Tours&qstring=Iran-140_%28An-140%29+of+Iran+Air+Tours
  9. ^ http://www.aerotransport.org/php/go.php?query=airframes&where=ifnull%28t.marketing%2Ct.type_id%29%3D3238140+and+a.rowseq%3D100009&orderby=1%20desc,2,3,4,6,7,8&info=Subfleet%3A+DC-9-80_%28MD-80%29+of+Iran+Air+Tours&qstring=DC-9-80_%28MD-80%29+of+Iran+Air+Tours
  10. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Iran-Air-Tours
  11. ^ http://www.iranairtours.ir/SCHD.pdf
  12. ^ Iran Air Tours Fleet - Ch-Aviation.net
  13. ^ http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/iran-air-tours-irb/
  14. ^ "Iran Air Tours". CH-Aviation, December 6, 2010.
  15. ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/operator/airline.php?var=5961
  16. ^ Aviation Safety Network - 1993 accident
  17. ^ Aviation Safety Network - 2002 accident
  18. ^ Aviation Safety Network - 2006 accident
  19. ^ BBC News - Scores killed in Iran plane blaze 1 September 2006

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