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Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان, romanized: Havâpeymâye Mâhân) is a privately owned Iranian airline based in Tehran, Iran. 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.
|Commenced operations||June 1992|
|Frequent-flyer program||Mahan and Miles|
|Company slogan||The Spirit of Excellence|
|Parent company||Mol-Al-Movahedin Institute|
|Headquarters||Aryashahr, Tehran, Iran|
|Key people||Hamid Arabnejad, Chairman & CEO|
|Employees||4,719 (2017) |
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 historical city of Mahan in Kerman Province. The Airline joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Charity Institute (100%).
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. 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.
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. On 6 April 2016 Mahan Air was banned from flying over Saudi Arabian airspace.
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." 
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. Mahan Air plans to launch service to Rome, Italy and Shenzhen, China from Jun, 30 and Jul. 02, 2019.
Since December 2011, Mahan Air has been subject to several sanctions imposed by the US Department of Treasury for allegedly violating international laws by ferrying arms and reinforcements to designated groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
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. 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.
Mahan Air is headquartered in Tehran. Its current slogan is "The Spirit of Excellence." Mahan Air loyalty programme, called the Mahan Club "Mahan & Miles", includes access to special lounges and dedicated "fast" queues.
Mahan Air operates scheduled service to 50 destinations in 18 countries between Asia and Europe .
The Mahan Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October 2018.
|Airbus A300B4-200||3||2000||2006||Stored at Kerman Airport and is being used for cabin crew training|
|Airbus A320-200||7||2004||2014||Most of fleets transferred to Iran Air|
|Airbus A321-100||2||2004||2015||Leased from Blue Wings|
|Boeing 747-300M||1||2008||2015||Currently stored|
|Boeing 747-400||3||2008||2012||Currently stored due to U.S. sanctions against Iran|
|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|
|Tupolev Tu-204-120||2||2005||2006||Leased from Cairo Aviation|
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