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]

Kish Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
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Fleet size11
Parent companyKish Free Zone Organization
HeadquartersKish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran
Key peopleMsr. Farzaneh Sharfbafi (CEO)


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.


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

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Iran Abadan Abadan International Airport
Abu Musa Island Abu Musa Airport
Ahwaz Ahwaz International Airport
Asalouyeh Asalouyeh Airport
Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas Airport
Birjand Birjand Airport
Gorgan Kish International Airport
Isfahan Isfahan International Airport
Kermanshah Kermanshah Airport
Kish Island Kish International Airport Hub
Mahshahr Mahshahr Airport
Mashhad Mashhad International Airport Focus city
Qeshm Qeshm Airport
Shiraz Shiraz International Airport
Tabriz Tabriz International Airport
Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport Focus city
Tehran Mehrabad International Airport Hub
Yazd Shahid Sadooghi Airport
Iraq Najaf Al Najaf International Airport
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport
Turkey Isparta Isparta Süleyman Demirel Airport
Istanbul Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport and Sharjah International Airport


Kish Air Airbus A320 at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran.

As of August 2019, Kish Air operates the following aircraft:[3]

Kish Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A321-200 2 28 140 168
28 146 174
Fokker 100 2 117 117
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 4 161 161
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 3 156 156
Total 11

Fleet developmentEdit

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.[4]

Former fleetEdit

The airline previously operated the following aircraft (at November 2017):[5]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 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.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 94.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 101.
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
  4. ^ "Kish Air to buy six aircraft from ATR". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Kish Air Fleet Details and History".
  6. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04" (PDF). General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kish Air at Wikimedia Commons