Iran Aseman Airlines

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Iran Aseman Airlines
هواپیمایی آسمان
Iran Aseman Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
EP IRC ASEMAN
Founded 1970 (as Pars Air)
Commenced operations 1980 (as Iran Aseman Airlines)
Focus cities
Fleet size 34
Destinations 54
Company slogan We Guarantee Your Safety in The Sky
Parent company Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company
Headquarters Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran, Iran
Key people Dr. Hossein Alaei (Chairman)
Website www.iaa.ir

Iran Aseman Airlines or Aseman (Persian: هواپیمایی آسمان‎‎) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran, operating scheduled domestic and international flights, as well as charter and air taxi services.

History[edit]

The airline was established and started operations in 1980. In March 2007 it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.[1]

According to an aviation website, the airline's historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which became Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines.[2] Aseman was the first aviation company in the Middle East to provide Air Ambulance services.[3]

Destinations[edit]

The first Iran Aseman Airbus A340 at Mehrabad International Airport, Iran (2012)

Fleet[edit]

An Iran Aseman Boeing 727 at an airport in Tehran, Iran (2007)
An Iran Aseman ATR 72 in Rasht Airport (2014)

The Iran Aseman Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2015):[3]

Iran Aseman Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 3 180 [4]
Airbus A340-300 1 300
ATR 72-200 4 70
ATR 72-500 2 70
Boeing 727-200 3+1* 175 *2 Cargo A/C. To be retired at the end of 2017
Boeing 737-400 2 150
Fokker 100 18 109
Total 34

Air Ambulance[edit]

Iran Aseman Airlines is the sole representative in the Middle East of the Dassault-Breguet Mystere-Falcon company, and it is the only independent company in the Islamic Republic of Iran that operates two Jet Falcon 20 aircraft for air ambulance services.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 4 October 1990, an Iran Aseman Fokker F27 Friendship (registered EP-ANA) overran the runway upon landing at Ramsar Airport, Iran and came to rest at a concrete wall 100 metres behind the runway. There were no fatalities amongst the 46 passengers and 4 crew members on board, and the aircraft could be repaired.[6]
  • On 12 October 1994, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registered EP-PAV) en route from Isfahan to Tehran suffered a sudden loss of power in both engines at 23:05 local time, 35 minutes after take-off from Isfahan International Airport. The aircraft went into an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and 7 crew members on board.[7]
  • On 18 July 2000, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 775, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registered EP-PAU) en route from Tehran to Ahwaz, was damaged beyond repair when the pilot missed the runway upon a low-visibility landing attempt at Ahwaz Airport and instead touched down next to it. A successful go-around was executed, and there were no injuries amongst the 84 passengers and 4 crew members on board.[8]
  • On 24 August 2008, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 6895 crashed near Manas International Airport near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, resulting in the death of 71 out of 95 people on board. The aircraft (a Boeing 737-200) was owned and operated by Itek Air.
  • On 26 August 2010, a Fokker 100 (registered EP-ASL) operating Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 773 from Tehran to Tabriz overran the runway upon landing at Tabriz International Airport and was substantially damaged when it plunged into a canal. Two out of the 103 passengers on board were injured, while the 7 crew members were not hurt.[9][10]
  • [11] On 10 May 2014, a Fokker 100 (registered EP-ASZ), was damaged in a landing accident at Zahedan Airport (ZAH), Iran. The airplane operated flight 853 from Mashhad Airport (MHD). According to local media the left hand main undercarriage failed to extend or lock prior to landing. A forced landing was carried out on runway 35. The airplane swerved to the left and came to rest 1450 meters (4760 feet) past the runway 35 threshold and 23 meters (75 feet) to the left of the centreline.

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