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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
Focus cities
Fleet size16
Company sloganWe Care About You
Parent companyKish Free Zone Organization
HeadquartersKish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran
Key peopleCapt. Jadidi (Chairman)


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.



Kish Air Airbus A320 at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran.

As of November 2017, Kish Air operates the following aircraft:[3]

Kish Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Order Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 16 120 136 Leased from Jordan Aviation[4][5]
166 166
Airbus A321-200 2 28 142 170 Leased from Khors Aircompany[6][7]
28 146 174
Boeing 737-500 1 132 132 Leased from Bukovyna Airlines
Fokker 100 2 117 117
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 4 161 161
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 3 156 156
Total 14

Future fleet plansEdit

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.[8]

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.[9]

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. ^ "Kish Air Fleet Details and History".
  4. ^ Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  5. ^ Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  6. ^ Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  7. ^ Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  8. ^ "Kish Air to buy six aircraft from ATR". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  9. ^ "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