The Iran Airshow is an aviation airshow held in Kish, Iran. Its first airshow was in 2002 on Kish island, where 11 foreign companies participated from France, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Pakistan, Slovakia and Switzerland. Its second airshow was held in 2005. One hundred companies participated, making the airshow nearly five times larger than in 2002. Because of this success in 2005, it was decided to launch another airshow in the year after. Downplaying U.S. sanctions on Iran, during the 2005 airshow, Iran signed a $980 million contract for the purchase of 25 Fokker aircraft with the Dutch company. The foreign participating countries in 2005 included France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Malaysia, Britain, Australia, Germany and United Arab Emirates.
A large number of domestic companies active in the aviation, aerospace, airlines and the other related industries and universities as well as foreign companies took part at the fourth Iran Kish Air Show and exhibited a vast range of products, systems and services in the aviation and air space fields. These events received a warm welcome from the trades and specialists.
In 2010, Iran's Defense Ministry said it will begin the production phase of a domestically-manufactured medium-size passenger plane designed to carry up to 150 passengers. With a population of 70 million, Iran needs to have 6,300 airplanes while it does not possess more than nine aircraft for every one million individuals.