|Fleet size||10 (+5 orders)|
|Parent company||Iran Air|
|Key people||Abbas Fallah (Chairman)|
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 low cost carrier subsidiary of Iran Air and operates scheduled domestic services and international services in the Middle East, as well as charter services including Europe. Its main base is Mashhad International Airport. The ICAO code for the carrier is IRB. The full name and the latter code will be used interchangeably in this article.
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The airline was established in 1973 by Iran Air and started scheduled operations in 1990 with services for its domestic tours division. Beginning in the early 1990s and continuing into early 2010s, the mainline Iran Air continued to use American and Western European-made aircraft, the subsidiary Iran Air Tours operated Soviet-made aircraft, primarily the Tupolev Tu-154M. For a brief period, the Yakovlev Yak-42D was also operated. 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. 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.
Iran Airtour operates scheduled services to the following destinations:
|Passenger + Cargo|
|Baghdad||Iraq||BGW||ORBI||Baghdad International Airport|
|Bandar Abbas||Iran||BND||OIKB||Bandar Abbas Airport|
|Damascus||Syria||DAM||OSDI||Damascus International Airport [Temporarily suspended]|
|Dubai||United Arab Emirates||DXB||OMDB||Dubai International Airport|
|Kermanshah||Iran||KSH||OICC||Shahid Ashrafi Esfahani Airport|
|Mashhad||Iran||MHD||OIMM||Mashhad International Airport|
|Sari||Iran||SRY||OINZ||Dasht-e Naz Airport|
|Tehran||Iran||IKA||OIIE||Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)|
|Tehran||Iran||THR||OIII||Mehrabad Airport [Domestic]|
|Yazd||Iran||AZD||OIYY||Shahid Sadooghi Airport|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||10||0||172||172||One aircraft is operated by Ararat International Airlines and|
|Tupolev Tu-204||0||5||TBA||210||Part of the 35 orders made by Iran Air|
Incidents and accidents
- On April 26, 1992, a Fokker F-27 Friendship 400M belonging to Iran Air Tours and bound for Tehran crashed near Saveh, killing the 39 occupants.
- On February 8, 1993, a Tupolev Tu-154 was departing on a non-scheduled flight from Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran, to Mashhad when it was 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.
- February 12, 2002, Iran Air Tours Flight 956, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed into the Sefid Kouh mountains during heavy rain, snow and dense fog at the time of the crash, while descending for Khorramabad. All twelve crew members and 107 passengers were killed.
- On September 1, 2006, a Tupolev Tu-154 operating as Flight 945 from Bandar Abbas with 11 crew and 137 passengers on board burst into flames upon landing at Mashhad, Iran killing 28 of those on board.
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 94.
- Iran Air Tours Fleet - Ch-Aviation.net
- "Iran Air Tours". CH-Aviation, December 6, 2010.
- Aviation Safety Network - 1992 accident
- Aviation Safety Network - 1993 accident
- Aviation Safety Network - 2002 accident
- Aviation Safety Network - 2006 accident
- BBC News - Scores killed in Iran plane blaze 1 September 2006
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