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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 regional jets like British Aerospace 146 and Fokker 100.[1][2] 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.[3] This has resulted in a series of ongoing disasters and incidents.[4] 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).[5][6][7] 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.[5]

Iran has initiated manufacturing aircraft on its own such as the IR.AN-140.[8] A number of 108 airliners have been added to the fleet of Iranian passenger planes during the last five years.[9] 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.[10][11]

Iran plans to buy 400 passenger planes by 2025 worth some $20 billion.[12][13][14] 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.[15][16] This, in addition to more planned orders of 100 medium-range planes to Japan's Mitsubishi, Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.[17] Iran says these deals include authorization to maintain these planes inside of Iran, including the production of parts and training.[18][19] As of 2014, Iranian airliners spend 25% of their earnings on aircraft maintenance on average while the global average is only 6%.[20] Iran plans to liberalize airfare prices by 2015.[20] As of 2015, foreign airlines earned $3bn in Iran annually.[10] Iranian airlines handle a total of 50 million passengers each year (2016).[21]


Commercial AirlinesEdit

Airline IMAGE IATA ICAO Callsign Commenced
Hub Notes
Iran Air   IR IRA IRANAIR 1961 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad Flag carrier of Iran
Mahan Air   W5 IRM MAHAN AIR 1992 Kerman, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Iran Aseman Airlines   EP IRC ASEMAN 1980 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad
Zagros Airlines ZV IZG ZAGROS 2005 Abadan
ATA Airlines   I3 TBZ ATAAIR 2010 Tabriz
Kish Air   Y9 IRK KISHAIR 1989 Kish Island
Qeshm Airlines   QB IRQ QESHM AIR 1996 Qeshm Island
Meraj Airlines   JI MRJ MERAJ 2010 Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tehran-Mehrabad Operating for the Government of Iran
Taban Air   HH TBM TABAN AIR 2006 Mashhad
Iran Air Tours   B9 IRB AIRTOUR 1973 Mashhad-Tabriz
Caspian Airlines   RV CPN CASPIAN 1993 Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Taftan Air - SBT TAFTAN 2004 Zahedan
Atrak Air   AK ATR ATRAK 2013 Bojnord Airport
Karun Airlines   NV IRG NAFT 1992 Ahwaz, Isfahan

Cargo AirlinesEdit

Fars Air Qeshm   - QFZ FARSAIR 2003 Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Payam Air   2F IRP PAYAMAIR 2008 Karaj-Payam
Pouya Cargo Air - PYA POUYA 2008 Tehran-Mehrabad

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Iran Airlines Fleet List
  2. ^ Iran Daily - National - 06/22/08[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Daragahi, Borzou (2009-09-15). "Iran's aviation regulation seen as a factor in air crashes". latimes. 
  4. ^ Sara Shams | Tehran | 29 January 2009 Archived 4 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ Ladane Nasseri (10 August 2014). "Iran Plane Crashes Outside Tehran Airport, Dozens Dead". 
  7. ^ "Report details century of fatal air accidents in Iran". 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  10. ^ a b "PressTV-Foreign airlines earn $3bn in Iran annually". 
  11. ^ "PressTV-14 new planes to join Iran's fleet". 
  12. ^ Iran's aviation industry: Back in business?. CNN. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "PressTV-'Iran needs 400 airliners by 2025'". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Aircraft makers salivate over post-sanctions Iran". 
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  20. ^ a b "PressTV-Iran's civil aviation battling sanctions". Archived from the original on 2014-09-04. 
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