Iran Aseman Airlines

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Iran Aseman Airlines
Iran Aseman Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
EP IRC ASEMAN
Founded 1970; 48 years ago (1970)
as Pars Air
Commenced operations 1980; 38 years ago (1980)
as Iran Aseman Airlines
Hubs
Focus cities
Fleet size 23
Destinations 47
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 Mohammad Gorji (CEO)[1]
Website iaa.ir

Iran Aseman Airlines (Persian: هواپیمایی ایران آسمان‎) also known as Aseman, is an airline headquartered in Tehran, Iran. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services. Aseman is Iran's third-largest airline by active fleet size.

History[edit]

The airline was established and started operations in 1980.The airline's historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which was rebranded as Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines.[2]

In March 2007, it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.

In July 2016, the CEO of the airline was issued an arrest warrant because of an alleged sum of approximately $37 million in public debts to Iran Airports & Air Navigation Company. [3]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of August 2017, Iran Aseman Airlines operated the following fleet:[4]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 6 156
164
Airbus A340-300 1 240
ATR 72-200 2 70
ATR 72-500 2 70
Boeing 727-200 2 172 To be phased out[citation needed]
Boeing 737-400 3 144
Fokker 100 7 100 11 aircraft in storage[5]
Total 23 -

Future fleet plans[edit]

In February 2017, it emerged that Aseman Airlines was in talks with an Irish firm to lease seven Airbus A320neos.[6] In April 2017, the airline signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with options for another 30 aircraft.[7] In June 2017, Iran Aseman Airlines signed a final deal to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.[8] In April 2018 Aseman Airlines signed a deal to buy 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100[9].

In June 2018, Boeing announced it won’t deliver any aircraft to Iranian airliners due to the sanctions reimpose[10].

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 4 October 1990, an Iran Aseman Fokker F27 Friendship (registration EP-ANA) overran the runway upon landing at Ramsar Airport, and came to rest at a concrete wall 100 metres behind the runway. There were no fatalities amongst the 46 passengers and four crew members on board, and the aircraft was fully repaired.[11]
  • On 12 October 1994, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registration 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 spiralled into an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and seven crew members on board.[12]
  • On 18 July 2000, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 775, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registration 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 four crew members on board.[13]
  • On 26 August 2010, a Fokker 100 (registration 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 none of the seven crew members were hurt.[14][15]
  • On 10 May 2014, a Fokker 100 (registration 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. [16]
  • On 18 February 2018, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704, an ATR 72-200 (registration EP-ATS) flying from Tehran to Yasuj, crashed into the Zagros Mountains, south of Isfahan after it disappeared from radar, 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad Airport.[17] All 66 people (60 passengers and six crew) were killed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bozorgmehr Sharafedin (10 June 2017), David Clarke, ed., "Iran's Aseman signs final deal for 30 Boeing 737s: IRNA", Reuters, retrieved 2 November 2017 
  2. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Iran > Air Taxi Co". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  3. ^ http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/5663910/حکم-جلب-مدیرعامل-شرکت-هواپیمایی-آسمان-صادر-شد
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 17. 
  5. ^ "Production List Search". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Iran Aseman Airlines set to lease seven A320neo". Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "News Releases/Statements". Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Iran's Aseman signs final deal for 30 Boeing 737s: IRNA". 10 June 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018 – via Reuters. 
  9. ^ Dudley, Dominic. "Iran Agrees $2B Deal For Russian Passenger Jets, Amid Ongoing Delays For Airbus And Boeing Planes". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  10. ^ "Boeing says it will not deliver any aircraft to Iran". Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  11. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 600 EP-ANA Ramsar Airport (RZR)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 EP-PAV Natanz". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 EP-PAU Ahwaz Airport (AWZ)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  14. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 EP-ASL Tabriz Airport (TBZ)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  15. ^ "Plane Skids off Runway in Northwestern Iran". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 EP-ASZ Zahedan Airport (ZAH)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "'No survivors' in Iranian plane crash". 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018 – via www.bbc.com. 

External links[edit]

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