Saha Airlines

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Saha Airlines
هواپیمایی ساها
Saha Air Lines logo.png
IATA
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ICAO
IRZ
Callsign
SAHA
Founded 1990
Ceased operations 3 May 2013
Operating bases Mehrabad International Airport
Fleet size 11
Parent company Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Saha Air Lines Boeing 707 at Mashhad in January 2011.

Saha Airlines (Persian: هواپیمایی ساها‎), also known as Saha Air, is an airline based in Tehran, Iran. It was the last civil operator of the Boeing 707.[1] The airline has not been active since 2013 although it still exists.

History[edit]

[citation needed] The company was established in 1990 as Saha Air Lines and was wholly owned by the Iranian Air Force. It operated domestic passenger services using two Airbus A300s and one Boeing 707 (a converted tanker), with cargo charters having been carried out with two Boeing 747 freighters when required. On 3 May 2013, all flight operations were suspended.[1] In July 2013, the CEO of Saha Airlines stated in an interview with ISNA that the company is trying to buy or lease new planes.[2]

Destinations[edit]

Scheduled flights were operated from Saha's base at Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to various domestic points.

[Base] Base
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Ahvaz Iran AWZ OIAW Ahwaz International Airport
Assalouyeh Iran PGU OIBP Persian Gulf Airport
Isfahan Iran IFN OIFM Isfahan International Airport
Kish Island Iran KIH OIBK Kish International Airport
Mashhad Iran MHD OIMM Mashhad International Airport
Shiraz Iran SYZ OISS Shiraz International Airport
Tehran Iran THR OIII Mehrabad International Airport [Base]

Fleet[edit]

A Saha Airlines Airbus A300 landing at Tehran-Mehrabad, Iran. (2010)

The Saha Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft throughout operations:[3][4]

Saha Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A300-600R 2
Boeing 707-300C 5 Last civilian operator of the type
1 written off in a crash
Boeing 747-100SF 1
Boeing 747-200F 3
Total 11

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 20 April 2005, Saha Airlines Flight 171, a Boeing 707-320C, registration EP-SHE, flying from Kish Island, crashed on landing at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran following an unstabilised approach with a higher than recommended airspeed. Gear and/or a tire failed after touchdown and the flight overran the far end of the runway. Of the 12 crew and 157 passengers, 3 passengers were killed.[5]

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