List of airlines of Iran

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Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation. The oldest is the Iranian Airways Company, founded in 1944 (known as Iran Air since 1961).

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 regional jets like British Aerospace 146 and Fokker 100.[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]

Iran has initiated manufacturing aircraft on its own such as the IR.AN-140.[6] A number of 108 airliners have been added to the fleet of Iranian passenger planes during the last five years.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10][11] This, in addition to more planned orders of 100 medium-range planes to Japan's Mitsubishi, Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.[12] Iran says these deals include authorization to maintain these planes inside of Iran, including the production of parts and training.[13][14] As of 2014, Iranian airliners spend 25% of their earnings on aircraft maintenance on average while the global average is only 6%.[15] Iran plans to liberalize airfare prices by 2015.[15] As of 2015, foreign airlines earned $3bn in Iran annually.[8] Iranian airlines handle a total of 50 million passengers each year (2016).[16]

Iran plans to buy 400 passenger planes by 2025 worth some $20 billion, if US sanctions are lifted.[17][18][19]

Commercial Airlines[edit]

Airline IMAGE IATA ICAO Callsign Commenced
Hub Notes
Iran Air Iran Air Airbus A330 EP-IJA.tif IR IRA IRANAIR 1961 Tehran, Tehran IKA Flag carrier of Iran
Iran Air Tours Iran Airtour, EP-MDE, McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (39055988355).jpg B9 IRB AIRTOUR 1973 Mashhad, Tabriz
Iran Aseman Airlines Iran Aseman Airlines Airbus A340-311 landing at Mehrabad Airport.jpg EP IRC ASEMAN 1980 Tehran, Tehran IKA
Zagros Airlines Zagros A320.jpg ZV IZG ZAGROS 2005 Abadan
Kish Air Kish Air Airbus A320 in Mehrabad Airport 01.jpg Y9 IRK KISHAIR 1989 Kish Island
Qeshm Airlines UUWW - 23.06.2016 - Airbus A-300-600 - EP-FQM - Qeshm Airlines (27866292970).jpg QB IRQ QESHM AIR 1996 Qeshm Island
Mahan Air Boeing 747 Mahan Airlines EP-MND.jpg W5 IRM MAHAN AIR 1992 Kerman
ATA Airlines ATA Airlines, EP-TAC, Airbus A320-231 (25082743937) (2).jpg I3 TBZ ATAAIR 2010 Tabriz
Meraj Airlines UUWW - 05.07.2016 - Airbus A-300-600 - EP-SIG - Meraj Airlines (28147808395).jpg JI MRJ MERAJ 2010 Tehran IKA Operating for the Government of Iran
Taban Air Ba146tabanair.jpg HH TBM TABAN AIR 2006 Mashhad
Caspian Airlines Caspian Airlines Boeing 737-400 on finals at Mehrabad Airport.jpg RV CPN CASPIAN 1993 Tehran IKA
Karun Airlines Iranian Naft Airlines Fokker 100.jpg NV IRG NAFT 1992 Ahvaz
Sepehran Airlines Sepehran Airlines Boeing 737.jpg IS SHI SHIRAZI 2017 Shiraz
Varesh Air Boeing 737 varesh airlines in mehrabad airport 2018.jpg VR VRH VARESH 2017 Sari
FlyPersia FP FPI FLYPERSIA 2018 Shiraz
Pars Air PARSAIR.png PR PRS PARS AIR 2021 Shiraz

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 PY PYA POUYA 2008 Tehran-Mehrabad

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Iran Airlines Fleet lists".
  2. ^ Daragahi, Borzou (2009-09-15). "Iran's aviation regulation seen as a factor in air crashes". latimes.
  3. ^ Sara Shams | Tehran | 29 January 2009 Archived 4 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ladane Nasseri (10 August 2014). "Iran Plane Crashes Outside Tehran Airport, Dozens Dead".
  5. ^ "Report details century of fatal air accidents in Iran".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2009-07-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b "PressTV-Foreign airlines earn $3bn in Iran annually".
  9. ^ "PressTV-14 new planes to join Iran's fleet".
  10. ^ Bengali, Shashank. "Why Iran is desperate for U.S. passenger planes, but can't have them".
  11. ^ "Terms of Service Violation".
  12. ^ "PressTV-Iran sees Japan jet delivery impending".
  13. ^ "Boeing, Airbus grant Iran 'maintenance, part manufacturing' rights". 18 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Iran, Airbus to jointly produce plane parts".
  15. ^ a b "PressTV-Iran's civil aviation battling sanctions". Archived from the original on 2014-09-04.
  16. ^ "Royal roads". The Business Year.
  17. ^ Iran's aviation industry: Back in business?. CNN. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  18. ^ "PressTV-'Iran needs 400 airliners by 2025'". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06.
  19. ^ "Aircraft makers salivate over post-sanctions Iran".

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