Mahan Air

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Mahan Air
هواپیمایی ماهان
Mahan Air Logo.svg
Founded 1991
Commenced operations 1992[1]
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Mahan & Miles
Airport lounge
  • Mahan Air CIP Lounge
  • First Class Lounge
  • Business Lounge
Fleet size 53
Destinations 52
Company slogan The Spirit of Excellence
Parent company Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute
Headquarters Aryashahr, Tehran, Iran
Key people Hamid Arabnejad (Chairman & CEO)

Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان Havāpeymāiye Māhān‎) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran.[2][3] It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. Its main hubs are Imam Khomeini International Airport and Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran, Iran.


Mahan Air Tower the headquarters of Mahan Air, Tehran, Iran
A Mahan Air Airbus A310-300, just departed from Dubai International Airport in 2009.

The airline was established in 1991 and began operations in June 1992 as Iran's first private airline. The name of Mahan is taken from Historical city of Mahan in Kerman Province. The Airline joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute (96%). As of March 2007 it has 2,511 employees. At its operational launch in May 1993, Mahan Air fleet consisted of two Tupolev 154 aircraft, with a staff of 99 and a route network from Tehran to two domestic destinations. Growth was initiated with the addition of Airbus A300 wide-body aircraft to the fleet in 1999 and the Airbus A310 in 2001.[4] This enabled the airline to reach beyond the regional destinations it served. Its route network now spans 50 destinations in 12 countries with a fleet of 38 Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft. It holds 13% of all international flights from Iran,[5] and 8% of the domestic market.



Due to the sanctions imposed by the US, Iranian airlines can only acquire aircraft which are at least seven years old and have been purchased through a third party rather than directly from Boeing or Airbus.

A former Airbus A320 of Mahan Air which was sold to Iran Air

Three 747-400s were according to the British High Court unlawfully taken by Mahan from their real owners Blue Sky Airlines in 2008 using forged bills of sale. When ordered to bring the aircraft back to Europe, Mahan apparently claimed they could not do so because they were being investigated by the Iranian authorities for fraud and the aircraft had to be kept in Iran.[6]

Mahan Air Fleet (as of March 2014)[7][8]
Type Total Seating Notes
F J Y Total
Airbus A300B2 3 18 234 254 Phasing out by 2015
Airbus A300B4-200 3 20 236 256 Phasing out by 2015
Airbus A300-600 14 24 227
Airbus A310-300 10 10
1 leased from Kyrgyz Trans Avia, 1 stored at OIIE
Airbus A320-200 2 12 144 156
Airbus A340-300 2 8 48 165 221
BAe 146 11 8 102 110 1 Stored at OIIE[9]
Avro RJ 6 8 104 112
Boeing 747-300 Combi 2 22 485 507
Total 53


The Mahan Air Executive fleet consists of the following aircraft as of March 2009:[10]

Mahan Air Executive Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 1 9
Total 1 0

Fleet history[edit]

Over the years, Mahan has operated the following aircraft types:[11][12]

Mahan Air historical fleet
Aircraft Retired Notes
Airbus A300B4-100 2013
Airbus 300B4-2C 2006 Stored at OIKK and it's being used for cabin crew training
Airbus A300B4-203 2006 Sold to Iraqi Government
Airbus A320-200 2008 3 sold to Iran Air[13]
Airbus A321-111 2004 Leased from Blue Wings
Boeing 747-422 2012 Stored due to US sanctions[14][15][16]
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 2005 Leased from SkyGate
MD-82 2009 Leased from Best Air
MD-83 2006 Leased from Bulgarian Air Charter
Tupolev Tu-154 2005 Sold to Caspian Airlines
Tupolev Tu-204-120 2006 Leased from Cairo Aviation


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  2. ^ "Sales Office [Iran]" Mahan Air. Retrieved on February 17, 2011. "Tehran Central Sales office: Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran."
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Mahan Air. Retrieved on February 17, 2011. "Address : Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran"
  4. ^ Arabian Business
  5. ^ Arabian Business
  6. ^ "Mahan Air & Anor v Blue Sky One Ltd & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 544". BAILII. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mahan Air". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fleet Information". Mahan Air. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "B.146-300, EP-MOA". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet". Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mahan Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet of A320 (History)". Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNA". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNB". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNC". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 

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