List of airlines of Iran

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Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation. The oldest is Iran Air. As of June 2009, Iranian planes fly 45 international flight routes. Most of the fleet of Iranian airlines today consist of old Boeings and used or leased Airbus and Russian manufactured aircraft such as Tupolevs.[1] Sanctions from the United States prevents Iran from purchasing most new western made aircraft to update its rapidly aging fleet. Iran's own poor safety regulations and mismanagement on behalf of the Iran civil aviation authorities has also been a known factor to blame.[2] This has resulted in a series of ongoing disasters and incidents.[3] Because of this, in the last 25 years there have been 17 plane crashes, and 1500 deaths (From 2000 to 2006, 11 Iranian plane crashes claimed about 700 lives).[4][5][6] The fact that Iran's economy has been controlled by the government for so many years is also an issue that has affected the aviation industry.[4]

Iran has initiated manufacturing aircraft on its own such as the IR.AN-140.[7] A number of 108 airliners have been added to the fleet of Iranian passenger planes during the last five years.[8] As at July 2015, Iran had 251 commercial planes with 41,218 seats and 6 cargo planes, many (around 100) of which are not functional because of a lack of spare parts.[9][10]

Iran plans to buy 400 passenger planes by 2025 worth some $20 billion.[11][12][13] In 2016, at the risk of seriously undermining or destroying its own naissant domestic aviation industry, Iran announced its intention to buy over 200 heavy airplanes from Boeing and Airbus at a cost of more than $50 billion - which exceeds the entire fleet of Air France who operates in a country that has seven times the number of air travelers as Iran.[14][15] This, in addition to more planned orders of 100 medium-range planes to Japan's Mitsubishi, Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.[16] Iran says these deals include authorization to maintain these planes inside of Iran, including the production of parts and training.[17][18] As of 2014, Iranian airliners spend 25% of their earnings on aircraft maintenance on average while the global average is only 6%.[19] Iran plans to liberalize airfare prices by 2015.[19] As of 2015, foreign airlines earned $3bn in Iran annually.[9] Iranian airlines handle a total of 50 million passengers each year (2016).[20]

Commercial Airlines[edit]

Airline IMAGE IATA ICAO Callsign Commenced
Hub Notes
Iran Air Airbus A310-304, Iran Air AN1426970.jpg IR IRA IRANAIR 1961 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad Flag carrier of Iran
Mahan Air Mahan Air, EP-MMR, Airbus A340-642 (28178515220).jpg W5 IRM MAHAN AIR 1992 Kerman, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Aseman Airlines Airbus A340-300 Sharifi.jpg EP IRC ASEMAN 1980 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad
Zagros Airlines ZV IZG ZAGROS 2005 Abadan
ATA Airlines ATA Airlines A320.jpg I3 TBZ ATAAIR 2010 Tabriz
Kish Air Kish Air Airbus A320 in Mehrabad Airport 01.jpg Y9 IRK KISHAIR 1989 Kish Island
Qeshm Airlines Qeshm Airlines, EP-FQK, Airbus A300B4-605R (28054387924).jpg QB IRQ QESHM AIR 1996 Qeshm Island
Meraj Airlines UUWW - 05.07.2016 - Airbus A-300-600 - EP-SIG - Meraj Airlines (28147808395).jpg JI MRJ MERAJ 2010 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad Operating for the Government of Iran
Taban Air Ba146tabanair.jpg HH TBM TABAN AIR 2006 Mashhad
Iran Air Tours Airbus A300B4-203FF, Iran AirTour AN1420395.jpg B9 IRB AIRTOUR 1973 Mashhad
Caspian Airlines Caspian Airlines Tu-154M EP-CPO DXB 2007-11-11.png RV CPN CASPIAN 1993 Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Taftan Air - SBT TAFTAN 2004 Zahedan
Atrak Air Atrak Air Airbus A320 on finals into Mehrabad.jpg AK ATR ATRAK 2013 Bojnord Airport
Iranian Naft Airlines Iranian Naft Airlines Fokker 100.jpg NV IRG NAFT 1992 Ahwaz, Isfahan

Cargo Airlines[edit]

Fars Air Qeshm 2010-06-15 16-22-56 Tabriz - Tehran.jpg - QFZ FARSAIR 2003 Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Payam Air Ilyushin Il-76MD, Payam Air AN0018172.jpg 2F IRP PAYAMAIR 2008 Karaj-Payam
Pouya Cargo Air - PYA POUYA 2008 Tehran-Mehrabad

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