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Kish Air
کیش ایر
Founded 1989
Hubs Mehrabad Airport
Focus cities Kish International Airport
Fleet size 14
Destinations 18
Company slogan We Care About You
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Key people Nakhjavani (Chairman)

Kish Air (Persian: کیش ایر) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran. It operates international, domestic and charter services as a scheduled carrier. Its main base is Mehrabad Airport, Tehran.[1]



The airline was established on December 16, 1989 and started operations in 1989. It is owned by Kish Free Zone Organisation (79%), Kish Investment and Development (11%) and Kish Development and Servicing (10%). It has 303 employees (at March 2007).[1]

To start its passenger operations, after receiving temporary operations permission, the airline leased 2 aircraft (one Tupolev Tu-134 and one Antonov An-24) from Bulgaria Airlines on a wet lease basis. Kish Air received its air operator certificate (AOC) in 1990 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 one purchased Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, and hire and train the required air crew and maintenance personnel.


Kish Air operates services to the following destinations:[1]



The Kish Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 13 May 2009) [2]:

Accidents and incidents

  • 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 27 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.[2]
  • In February, 2010, a Greek steward working for Kish Air was dismissed over his insistence on the use of the term 'Arabian Gulf' instead of ‘Persian Gulf’ on the plane's in-flight monitors. The Greek steward was summoned to the Kish police and his residency permit was cancelled and he was given 20 days to leave Iran.[3][4]

External links


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 101. 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04". General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Iran expels foreign steward over Persian Gulf row, Press TV, dated Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:23:42 GMT
  4. ^ Iran's threat to airlines, Last Updated: February 22. 2010 7:20PM GMT


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