Mahan Air

Mahan Air
هواپیمائی ماهان
Mahan Air Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
W5 IRM MAHAN AIR
Founded 1991; 27 years ago (1991)[1]
Commenced operations June 1992; 26 years ago (1992-06)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Mahan and Miles
Fleet size 36
Destinations 68
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) [2]
Website www.mahan.aero

Mahan Airlines, operating under the name Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان‎, translit. Havâpeymâye 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.

History[]

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.[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 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.[6]

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." [7]

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.[8][9][10][11]

Corporate affairs[]

Mahan Air is headquartered in Tehran.[12] Its current slogan is "The Spirit of Excellence."[13]

Mahan Air loyalty programme, called the Mahan Club "Mahan & Miles", includes access to special lounges and dedicated "fast" queues.[14]

Destinations[]

Mahan Air flies to 69 destinations in 24 countries on three continents.[citation needed]

Fleet[]

Mahan Air Airbus A310-300
Mahan Air Airbus A340-600

The Mahan Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017.[15]

Mahan Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total Refs
Airbus A300-600R 5 24 256 280 [16]
Airbus A310-300 8 9 190 202 [16]
24 164 188
Airbus A340-300 5 30 269 299 [16]
261 291
Airbus A340-600 7 38 264 302 [16]
Avro RJ85 3 100 100 [16]
Avro RJ100 7 [16]
Boeing 747-300 1 26 434 460 [16] To be phased out
Total 36

Former fleet[]

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

Mahan Air has operated the following aircraft types:[17][18]

Mahan Air historical fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B2 3 2006 2008
Airbus A300B4-100 2 1999 2013
Airbus A300B4-200 2 2000 2006 Stored at Kerman Airport and is being used for cabin crew training
Airbus A320-200 7 2004 2014 Most of fleets transferd 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[19][20][21]
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

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "هواپیمایی ماهان - درباره ما". www.mahan.aero. 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 2015-09-23. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11617375
  7. ^ "Treasury Designates Iranian Commercial Airline Linked to Iran's Support for Terrorism". Treasury.gov. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC". Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "EU terrorist list - Consilium". www.consilium.europa.eu. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Travel Classes". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mahan & Miles - Terms & Conditions". Mahan Air. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 17. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "Mahan Air - Seat Map". www.mahan.aero. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Mahan Air Fleet". airfleets.net. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mahan Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNA". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNB". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "B747-400, EP-MNC". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

External links[]

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