Mahan Air

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Mahan Air
هواپیمایی ماهان
Mahan Air Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1991
Commenced operations June 1992
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Mahan and Miles
Fleet size 57
Destinations 61
Company slogan The Spirit of Excellence
Parent company Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute
Headquarters Aryashahr, Tehran, Iran
Key people Hamid Arabnejad, Chairman & CEO

Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان Havāpeymāiye Māhān‎‎) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran.[1][2] It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. Its main hubs are Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport and Mehrabad International Airport.


Mahan Air Tower the headquarters of Mahan Air, Tehran, Iran
A Mahan Air Airbus A310-300, just departed from Dubai International Airport in 2009.

The airline was established in 1991 and began operations in June 1992 as Iran's first private airline. The name of Mahan is taken from Historical city of Mahan in Kerman Province. The Airline joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute (100%). As of March 2007 it has 2,511 employees. At its operational launch in May 1993, Mahan Air fleet consisted of two Tupolev 154 aircraft, with a staff of 99 and a route network from Tehran to two domestic destinations. Growth was initiated with the addition of Airbus A300 wide-body aircraft to the fleet in 1999 and the Airbus A310 in 2001.[3] This enabled the airline to reach beyond the regional destinations it served. Its route network now spans 50 destinations in 12 countries with a fleet of 38 Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft. It holds 13% of all international flights from Iran,[4] and 8% of the domestic market.[citation needed]

On 12 December 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the designation of Mahan Air as a material and transportation supporter of terrorism "for providing financial, material and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Based in Tehran, Mahan Air provides transportation, funds transfers and personnel travel services to the IRGC-QF." [5]

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Mahan Air three times since 2011 for allegedly shipping arms to the Syrian government; ferrying members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; and providing transport for the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.[6]

The airline carried 5.6 million passengers in 2014 with an average load factor of 77% and in mid-2015 had a fleet of 65 aircraft, making it the largest airline in Iran based on seat numbers and fleet size.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Mahan Air is headquartered in Tehran.[8] Its current slogan is "The Spirit of Excellence."[9]

Mahan Air loyalty programme, called the Mahan Club "Mahan & Miles", includes access to special lounges and dedicated "fast" queues.[10]


Mahan Air serves over 61 destinations.


Due to the sanctions imposed by the US, Iranian airlines can only acquire aircraft which are at least seven years old and have been purchased through a third party rather than directly from Boeing or Airbus.

A former Airbus A320 of Mahan Air which was sold to Iran Air

Three 747-400s were according to the British High Court unlawfully taken by Mahan from their real owners Blue Sky Airlines in 2008 using forged bills of sale. When ordered to bring the aircraft back to Europe, Mahan apparently claimed they could not do so because they were being investigated by the Iranian authorities for fraud and the aircraft had to be kept in Iran.[11]

Mahan Air Fleet (as of May 2015)[12][13][14]
Type Total Order Seating Notes
F J Y Total
Airbus A300B2 1 16 231 249[15] Phasing out by 2015
Airbus A300B4-200 1 16 231 249[15] Phasing out by 2015
Airbus A300-600 14 21 228 246[15]
Airbus A310-300 11 23 157 180[15]
Airbus A321-200 1 TBA
Airbus A340-300 4 7 48 160 215[15]
Airbus A340-600 7 TBA
Avro RJ-85 2 8 104 112
Avro RJ-100 4 8 104 112
BAe 146 10 90[15] 1 -200 series and 9 -300 series
Boeing 747-300 Combi 2 24 432 456[15]
Total 57 TBA


The Mahan Air Executive fleet consists of the following aircraft as of March 2009:[16]

Mahan Air Executive Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 1 0 9
Total 1 0

Fleet history[edit]

Over the years, Mahan has operated the following aircraft types:[17][18]

Mahan Air historical fleet
Aircraft Retired Notes
Airbus A300B4-100 2013
Airbus A300B4-2C 2006 Stored at OIKK and it's being used for cabin crew training
Airbus A300B4-203 2006 Sold to Iraqi Government
Airbus A320-200 2008 3 sold to Iran Air[19]
Airbus A321-111 2004 Leased from Blue Wings
Boeing 747-422 2012 Stored due to US sanctions[20][21][22]
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 2005 Leased from SkyGate
MD-82 2009 Leased from Best Air
MD-83 2006 Leased from Bulgarian Air Charter
Tupolev Tu-154 2005 Sold to Caspian Airlines
Tupolev Tu-204-120 2006 Leased from Cairo Aviation


Business Class[edit]

The business class seat is designed for optimum comfort with ample leg-room and adjustable head-rest and foot-rest.[9]

Economy Class[edit]

Economy class seats have a seat pitch of 31–33 inches (79–84 cm).[9]

Incidents and accidents[23][edit]

  • 7 March 2005: An Airbus A310 at Tehran-Mehrabad Airport, the crew executed an approach in manual mode with the co-pilot flying the airplane. The airplane landed normally on runway 29L at Tehran-Mehrabad Airport. After compression of the main struts of the landing gear, the spoilers were extended. At the same time the reverser on the left engine was brought to maximum mode. The reverse thrust lever of the right engine was not used since the reverser was deactivated. After deceleration to a speed of 80 knots the reverse thrust lever of the left engine was brought to the intermediate position between maximum and minimum reverse thrust. As this was happening the throttle control lever of the right engine was brought from idle to the position of ~55 degrees according to FDR data. Further movement of the reverse thrust lever of the right engine was accompanied by the simultaneous shifting of the throttle control lever of the left engine practically as far as the nominal mode. At this moment the airplane captain interfered in the control, shifted the throttle control lever of the right engine to idle and again activated maximum reverse of the left engine. However, in spite of the actions taken, the airplane overshot the runway at a speed of about 40 knots.[24]
  • 18 June 2012: A Mahan Air Boeing 747-300, registration EP-MND performing Hajj flight W5-5009 from Jeddah Saudi Arabia to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport Iran with 433 passengers and 25 crew, was climbing out of Jeddah when the crew received an APU fire indication, discharged the fire suppression systems without success and decided to return to Jeddah, where the aircraft landed safely. The aircraft was evacuated. 2 people received injuries in the evacuation, were taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with minor injuries.[25][26]
  • 23 September 2013: A Boeing 747-300, registration EP-MNE, was involved in a runway excursion accident at Kerman Airport (KER), Iran. During take off from runway 34 the pilot noticed that the airplane had a tendency to the right. He attempted to maintain directional control using rudder input. He then decided to abort the takeoff. The airplane continued off the runway and came to rest. An emergency evacuation was performed during which 13 passengers were injured.[28][29]
  • 13 June 2014: A Mahan Air Airbus A310 was damaged when an airport passenger bus collided with the left hand side of the fuselage, just behind the wing at Imam Khomeini Airport.[30]
  • 15 Oct 2015: Low pressure Turbine of the engine number 3 of Mahan Air Boeing 747-300, registration EP-MNE, detached from the aircraft and fell into a field near Mehrabad Airport. The aircraft made an emergency landing and no injuries were reported. [32][33]


  1. ^ "Sales Office [Iran]" Mahan Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Tehran Central Sales office: Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran."
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Mahan Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Address : Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran"
  3. ^ "Making waves". Arabian Business. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mahan Air makes waves". Arabian Business. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Treasury Designates Iranian Commercial Airline Linked to Iran's Support for Terrorism". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Sanctions Triggered by Plane Sale to Iran’s Mahan Air". WSJ. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iranian Carrier Adds Airbuses". Airliner World: 11. July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mahan & Miles - Terms & Conditions". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mahan Air & Anor v Blue Sky One Ltd & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 544". BAILII. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mahan Air". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fleet Information". Mahan Air. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mahan Air has Bought New Planes to Refurbish Air Fleet". Mahan Air. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Mahan Air | Seat Map". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  16. ^ "Photos: Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 Aircraft Pictures". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mahan Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet of A320 (History)". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNA". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNB". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNC". ch-aviation GmbH. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Iran > Mahan Air". 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  24. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A310-304ET F-OJHH Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR)". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  25. ^ "Mahan B743 at Jeddah on Jun 18th 2012, uncontained engine failure". AeroInside. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  26. ^ "Mahan B743 at Tehran on Jun 8th 2012, rejected takeoff". AeroInside. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  27. ^ "Mahan A30B near Bandar Abbas on Oct 6th 2012, pressurization problem". AeroInside. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  28. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-3B3 EP-MNE Kerman International Airport (KER)". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  29. ^ "Mahan B743 at Kerman on Sep 23rd 2013, overran runway during rejected takeoff". AeroInside. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  30. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A310-304 EP-MNX Tehran-Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  31. ^ "Mahan A306 at Yerevan on May 17th 2015, touched down before active runway threshold". AeroInside. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  32. ^ "Part Of Plane's Engine Falls Off In Mid-Air". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  33. ^

External links[edit]

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