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Mahan Air
Mahan Air Logo.svg
Founded 1993 in Kerman, Iran
Hubs Imam Khomeini International Airport
Frequent flyer program Mahan & Miles
Fleet size 23 (+3 orders)
Destinations 28
Parent company Mol-Al-Movahedin Credit Union
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Key people Hamid Arabnejad

Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran. It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, and Europe. Its main base is Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, Iran.



The airline was established in 1991 and began operations in 1992 as Iran's first private airline. It joined the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Organisation (96%). It has 1,616 employees (as of March 2007). At its operational launch in May 1993, Mahan Air had a fleet comprising two Tupolev 154 aircraft, a staff of 99 and a route network from Tehran to 2 domestic destinations. Real Mahan Air growth was initiated with the addition of Airbus A300 wide-body aircraft to the fleet in 1999 and the Airbus A310 in 2001.[1] This enabled the airline to reach beyond regional destinations it served at that time. Currently, its route network spans 28 destinations in 12 countries and it has a fleet of 25 Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft. It currently hold 13% of all international flights from Iran[2], and 8% of the domestic market[1].


Mahan Air serve the following destinations at July 2009 [3]:


Terminated destinations

  • Afghanistan - Kabul
  • Bahrain
  • India - Kochi
  • Kazakhstan - Almaty [plan to resume]
  • Oman - Muscat
  • Pakistan - Lahore
  • Sri Lanka - Colombo
  • Tunisia - Tunis
  • United Arab Emirates - Sharjah
  • United Kingdom - Manchester
  • Yemen - Sanaa


Due to the sanctions imposed by the US government, Iranian airliners can only acquire airplanes which are at least seven years old and have been purchased through a third party rather than directly from Boeing or Airbus.The Mahan Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of November 2009):

Mahan Air Fleet
Type Total Average Age Notes
Airbus A300B2 3 27
Airbus A300B4 3 27
Airbus A300-600 5 20
Airbus A310-300 8 16 1 is operated by Blue Sky
BAe 146-300 2 16
Boeing 747-300 Combi 2 21 Operated by Blue Sky
Boeing 747-400 3 18 Operated by Blue Sky
Total 25 20

Safety concerns in 2007

On 11 September 2007, the European Commission added Mahan Air to the list of airlines banned within the EU.[4] The ban was subject to certain limitations; for example, Mahan Air was able to operate aircraft wet-leased from other carriers provided those aircraft met EU regulations, however this ban was lifted on 25 July 2008 in view of the significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on site inspection in Iran.[5]


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