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Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان‎, romanizedHavâpeymâye Mâhân) is a privately owned Iranian airline based in Tehran, Iran.[3][4] It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. Its main home bases are Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport and Mehrabad International Airport.

Mahan Air
هواپیمائی ماهان
Mahan Air Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)[1]
Commenced operationsJune 1992; 27 years ago (1992-06)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programMahan and Miles
Fleet size46
Company sloganThe Spirit of Excellence
Parent companyMol-Al-Movahedin Institute
HeadquartersAryashahr, Tehran, Iran
Key peopleHamid Arabnejad, Chairman & CEO
Employees4,719 (2017) [2]


Early developmentsEdit

Mahan Air as a Full-Service Carrier (FSC), was established in 1991 and began operations in June 1992 as Iran's first private airline. The name of Mahan is taken from the historical city of Mahan in Kerman Province. The Airline joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute (100%).[citation needed]

Three Airbus A300B4 passenger aircraft were acquired in 1999 and later in 2002 A310 and A320 types joined the fleet. According to the British High Court, three 747-400s were unlawfully taken by Mahan Air 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.[5] The Fleet has gone through an extensive modernization since 2006 as Boeing 747-400's, A300-600's, RJ-100's as well as A340-600's were gradually acquired to enable Mahan Air to provide additional capacity on its current destinations as well as extending its reach to further destinations worldwide. The airline started operations from Tehran to Shanghai in 2011, Guangzhou in 2013 and Beijing in 2014.[citation needed]

The airline carried 5.4 million passengers in 2015 with an average load factor of 77% and in mid-2015 had a fleet of 60 aircraft, making it the largest airline in Iran based on seat numbers and fleet size. It operates scheduled passenger services to international destinations in Europe, Far East and the Middle East. Mahan Air has an extensive domestic route network too. The airline commenced Copenhagen and Paris (CDG) services in the first half of 2016.[citation needed]

Western sanctions since 2011Edit

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." [6][7][8][9][10]

On 6 April 2016 Mahan Air was banned from flying over Saudi Arabian airspace.[11]

Between 2015 and 2018, Mahan Air significantly expand its operations and fleets. Mahan Air's targets at the transfer business between Asia, especially China and European destinations. In 2016, besides Germany and Denmark, Mahan Air started service to Milan and Athen, and Barcelona in 2017. It operated up to 15 weekly flights to China until late 2018.[citation needed]

During 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, Mahan Air launched their first direct route Caracas-Teheran in April.[12]

In January 2019, the German government banned Mahan Air from landing in Germany — where it formerly served Munich Airport and Düsseldorf Airport — citing Mahan's involvement in Syria and security concerns.[13][14] France imposed the same ban on 25 March 2019 and Mahan Air was forced to cancel the 4-weekly service to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.[15] On November 1, 2019, the Italian government also announced that the country will ban the Mahan Air flights to the country from 15 December 2019. The move came after the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit to Rome, where he urged the Italian officials to stop allowing the Iranian airlines to use Italy’s airspace.[16] The sole remaining destination within the European Union will be Barcelona from then on.

Corporate affairsEdit

Mahan Air is headquartered in Tehran.[17] Its current slogan is "The Spirit of Excellence."[18] Mahan Air loyalty programme, called the Mahan Club "Mahan & Miles", includes access to special lounges and dedicated "fast" queues.[19]


As of November 2019, Mahan Air operates scheduled service to 42 domestic and international destinations between Asia and Europe.[20]


The Mahan Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2019:[21]

Mahan Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total Refs
Airbus A300-600 9 24 256 280 [22]
Airbus A310-300 9 9 190 202 [22]
24 164 188
Airbus A340-300 5 30 269 299 [22]
261 291
Airbus A340-600 6 38 264 302 [22]
BAe 146 15 100 100 [22]
Boeing 747-300 2 26 434 460 [22]
Boeing 747-400 1 [23] Reintroduced after 10 years stored[citation needed]
Total 46

Former fleetEdit

Former Mahan Air Airbus A320-200
Former Mahan Air Boeing 747-400

Mahan Air has operated the following aircraft types:[24][25]

Mahan Air historical fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B2 3 2006 2008
Airbus A300B4-100 2 1999 2013
Airbus A300B4-200 3 2000 2006 Stored at Kerman Airport and is being used for cabin crew training[citation needed]
Airbus A320-200 7 2004 2014 Most of them transferred to Iran Air[citation needed]
Airbus A321-100 2 2004 2015 Leased from Blue Wings
Boeing 747-300M 1 2008 2015 Currently stored[citation needed]
Boeing 747-400 2 2008 2012 Currently stored due to U.S. sanctions against Iran[26][27][28]
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Unknown Unknown 2005
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 2008 2009
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2 2006 2007
Tupolev Tu-154M 2 1993 2005 Disposed to Caspian Airlines[citation needed]
Tupolev Tu-204-120 2 2005 2006 Leased from Cairo Aviation[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "هواپیمایی ماهان - درباره ما". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Sales Office [Iran] Archived 21 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine" Mahan Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Tehran Central Sales office: Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran."
  4. ^ "Contact Us Archived 19 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Mahan Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Address : Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761- Iran"
  5. ^ "Mahan Air & Anor v Blue Sky One Ltd & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 544". BAILII. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Treasury Designates Iranian Commercial Airline Linked to Iran's Support for Terrorism". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Treasury Sanctions Supporters of Iran's Ballistic Missile Program and Terrorism-Designated Mahan Air". United States Department of the Treasury. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC". Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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  10. ^ "EU terrorist list - Consilium". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
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  12. ^ "Iran's Mahan Air launches direct flights to Venezuela". 8 April 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Mahan Air faces landing ban in Germany" (in German). 22 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  14. ^ Germany bans Iran’s Mahan Air amid security concerns, AP (The News & Observer reprint), 21 January 2019
  15. ^ - Iran's Mahan Air cancels Paris flights over 'sanctions' 19 March 2019
  16. ^ "Italy bans Mahan's flights". The Iran Project. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Mahan & Miles - Terms & Conditions". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  20. ^ - Route network retrieved 10 November 2019
  21. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 17.
  22. ^ a b c d e f "Mahan Air - Seat Map". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
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  24. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet". Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  25. ^ "Mahan Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  26. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNA". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  27. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNB". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  28. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNC". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2013.

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