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Kish Air

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Kish Airlines
Kish Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Focus cities
Fleet size 14
Destinations 18
Company slogan We Care About You
Parent company Kish Free Zone Organization
Headquarters Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran
Key people Capt. Jadidi (Chairman)

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]


The airline was established on December 16, 1989 and started operations in 1989. 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 1990 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.


Kish Air Airbus A320
Kish Air Airbus A320 at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran.

Kish Air operates services to the following destinations:



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

Kish Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 2 180 Leased from Jordan Aviation
Airbus A321-200 2 220 Leased from Khors Aircompany
Embraer E195 5 108
Fokker 100 3 117
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 3 161
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 4 156
Total 14 4

Future fleet plans

In April 2017, it was announced that the airline plans to order 6 aircraft from ATR, the variant and delivery dates with be 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.[4]

Accidents and incidents

  • 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.[5]

See also


  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". Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kish Air to buy six aircraft from ATR". Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04" (PDF). General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 

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