Kish Air

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Kish Airlines
Kish Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Y9 KIS KISH AIR
Hubs
Focus cities
Fleet size16
Destinations29
Company sloganWe Care About You
Parent companyKish Free Zone Organization
HeadquartersKish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran
Key peopleCapt. Jadidi (Chairman)
Websitekishairlines.com

Kish Airlines (Persian: هواپیمایی کیش‎) is an airline operating from Kish Island, Iran.[1] It operates international, domestic and charter services as a scheduled carrier. Its main base is Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was established on December 16, 1989 and started operations in 1990. It is owned by Kish Free Zone Organisation (79%), Kish Investment and Development (11%) and Kish Development and Servicing (10%).

To start its passenger operations, after receiving temporary operations permission, the airline leased 2 aircraft (three Tupolev Tu-154 and four McDonnell Douglas MD-82/MD-83) from Bulgaria Airlines on a wet lease basis. Kish Air received its air operator certificate (AOC) in 1991 after demonstrating its competence to the Civil Aviation authorities, during its first year of operations, thus becoming the first private company to receive its AOC from Civil Aviation of Iran. At this time the company began wet leasing three Tupolev Tu-154Ms from Russian leasing companies, returning the previously leased Bulgarian aircraft. The company also wet leased two Yakovlev Yak-42D aircraft from Russia.

Towards the end of 1992 the company was at the verge of bankruptcy, and most of the key managers were replaced by a new team, most of whom are still running the company successfully today. In 1999 Kish Air having enough financial strength, decided to replace its wet leased fleet with dry leased and purchased aircraft, and within a year was able to operate 2 dry leased and two purchased Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, and hire and train the required air crew and maintenance personnel. At present Kish Air is also operating a fleet of medium range MD-80 series aircraft and short range Fokker 100 on its domestic and international routes.

Destinations[edit]

As of August 2018, Kish Air operates services to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Notes
 Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport
 Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport
 Iran Abadan Abadan-Ayatollah Jami International Airport
 Iran Abu Musa Island Abu Musa Airport
 Iran Ahwaz Ahwaz International Airport
 Iran Asalouyeh Asalouyeh Airport
 Iran Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas Airport
 Iran Birjand Birjand Airport
 Iran Gorgan Kish International Airport
 Iran Isfahan Isfahan International Airport
 Iran Kermanshah Kermanshah Airport
 Iran Kish Island Kish International Airport Hub
 Iran Mahshahr Mahshahr Airport
 Iran Mashhad Mashhad International Airport Focus city
 Iran Qeshm Qeshm Airport
 Iran Shiraz Shiraz International Airport
 Iran Tabriz Tabriz International Airport
 Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport Focus city
 Iran Tehran Tehran Mehrabad International Airport Hub
 Iran Yazd Shahid Sadooghi Airport
 Iraq Najaf Al Najaf International Airport
 Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport
 Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport
 Pakistan Islamabad Islamabad International Airport
 Pakistan Multan Multan International Airport
 Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
 Turkey Isparta Isparta Süleyman Demirel Airport
 Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Atatürk Airport
 Turkey Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
 Ukraine Kiev Boryspil International Airport
 United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport

Fleet[edit]

Kish Air Airbus A320 at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran.

As of November 2017, Kish Air operates the following aircraft:[3]

Kish Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 16 120 136 Leased from Jordan Aviation[4][5]
166 166
Airbus A321-200 2 28 142 170 Leased from Khors Aircompany[6][7]
28 146 174
Boeing 737-500 1 132 132 Leased from Bukovyna Airlines
Fokker 100 2 117 117
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 4 161 161
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 3 156 156
Total 14


Future fleet plans[edit]

In April 2017, it was announced that the airline plans to order 6 aircraft from ATR, with variant and delivery dates announced if, and when, the deal is signed by the airline. The aircraft are planned to be used to increase the number of flights on domestic flights in Iran.[8]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 19 September 1995, Kish Air Flight 707 was hijacked by one of the cabin crew and landed in Israel, where the hijacker was arrested.
  • On 10 February 2004, Kish Air Flight 7170, operated by a Fokker 50 Mk.050, crashed at Sharjah International Airport killing 43 people. Three survived with serious injuries. The cause was that the propellors were put into reverse pitch while the aircraft was in flight.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 94.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 101.
  3. ^ "Kish Air Fleet Details and History". www.flightradar24.com.
  4. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  5. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  6. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  7. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  8. ^ "Kish Air to buy six aircraft from ATR". www.iran-daily.com. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  9. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04" (PDF). General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009.

External links[edit]

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