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IRB-2013-11 - SANCTIONS LIFTED
Formed and started operations in 1990. Subsidiary of flag carrier, Iran Air (IRN). Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane service.
191 Motahari Avenue
Dr Moffateh Road
Tehran 15879, Iran
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1502, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1,648,000 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 73 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TEHRAN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FARSI.
SEPTEMBER 1997: 8 TU-154M'S DELIVERIES FOR IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB).
APRIL 2000: IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB) HAS 613 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 225 (FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 220 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
DECEMBER 2000: 2 TU-154M'S (810; 60), RETURNED TO BRATSK AVIA, LEASED TO BALKAN BULGARIA (BUL), PREVIOUSLY USED BY IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB). 1 TU-154M (92A-904, EP-MAU) RETURNED TO (KMV), WAS WITH (IRB).
APRIL 2001: 1 YAK-40 (9740856, EP-DAZ) RETURNED FROM IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB) TO ARMENIAN AIRLINES.
JUNE 2001: TU-154M (93A-982, EP-MBO), TATNEFTAERO LEASED.
JULY 2001: 1 TU-154M (89A-800, EP-MBP), VARZ-400 LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 TU-154M (92A-940, EP-MBN) RETURNED TO KRAS AIR (ZXD) FROM IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB).
OCTOBER 2001: IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB) OPERATES 1 TU-154M (93A-975, LZ-LCB) BULGARIAN AIR CHARTER LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2002: ACCDT: IRAN AIR TOURS (IRB) TU-154 (91A-871, EP-MBS) CRASHED ON ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN WESTERN IRAN, ON FLIGHT FROM TEHRAN TO KHORRAMABAD. THE AIRPLANE REPORTEDLY CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN IN LOW CLOUD, AND HEAVILY OVERCAST SKIES = ALL 12 (FC)-(CA)/105 PASSENGER FATALITIES.
APRIL 2002: (http://www.iranairtours.com).
MAIN BASE: MASHAD AIRPORT (MHD).
HUBS: SHIRAZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SYZ); & TEHRAN MEHRABAD AIRPORT (THR).
November 2002: 2001 = Iran Air Tours (IRB) = 1.98 million passengers.
The Government is considering merging Iran Air (IRN), Iran Air Tours (IRB), and Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC). Also, possibly, Aria Air, Caspian Airlines (CPN), Kish Air (IRK), Mahan Air (MHN), and Qeshm Air (QES), plus a number of regional operators.
February 2006: ACCDT: An Iran Air Tours (IRB) Tu-154 crashed during landing in Tehran, killing 29 of the 148 people on board.
February 2009: Iran Air Tours (IRB) operates scheduled flights within Iran and the Middle East. Charters are also flown reaching as far as Northern Europe.
Employees = 600.
Parent organization/shareholders: Iran Air (IRN) (100%).
(IATA) Code: B9 - 491. (ICAO) Code: IRB.
Main Base: Mashad Airport (MHD).
October 2010: 2 MD-82s (49505, UR-BXM; 49512, UR-BXL), Bukovyna Aviation (BKV) leased.
March 2011: MD-82 (53162, UR-CHX), Bukovyna Aviation (BKV) leased.
October 2012: Iran Airtour Airline (IRB) plans to add its 1st Airbus Industrie (EDS) airplane to its fleet shortly. It currently operates 2 MD-82s and wet-leases 11 MD-82s from Ukrainian charter carrier Bukovyna Airlines (BKV). It will add 2 ex-Saga Airlines (SGZ) A310-300s (519 & 562) and an ex-Khors Aircompany (KHO) A320-200 (414).
September 2016: 737-524 (28921, UR-CGZ), ex-(UR-CPE) delivery, Leased from Dart.
October 2016: The Iraqi Ministry of Transport signed a cooperation agreement with long term partner Lufthansa Consulting (DLH) (LHS) wherein the German firm will advise it on the restructuring of Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and the state-owned enterprise (SOE) which manages the country's airports.
The announcement comes on the back of a series of statements made by high-ranking Iraqi officials, the most prominent of which pointed to the establishment of a new carrier dedicated exclusively to the Iraq - Europe market. It is recalled that in December last year, the European Commission (EC) blacklisted Iraqi Airways (IRQ) for alleged failures in its safety oversight protocols. While it has since been able to resume service to the bloc, (IRQ) has only been able to do so using foreign (owned and/or maintained) airplane metal.
In all, Baghdad's decision to try reclaim lost market share is hardly surprising given that approximately 75% of Iraq's lucrative European connectivity is handled by foreign airlines. And it is even more surprising when you consider Iraq's tenuous national security situation and the large swathes of its north that are still under de-facto (IS) control as a result.
Though it doesn't suffer from the extremist insurgency that its neighbor is currently going through, Iran is also attempting to win back its share of European market. Following the signing of a nuclear deal with the "P5+1" (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the USA; plus Germany) in January, Iran has been gradually brought in from the cold. The reopening of the Iranian economy to limited foreign investments has seen a flurry of international carriers returning to Tehran for the 1st time in years. So far, British Airways (BAB) and (KLM) have made their Tehran service plans widely known but not much has been said about Iranian carriers despite the glitz and glamor around the tentative Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) (and possibly (ATR), Bombardier (BMB), Embraer (EMB), and Mitsubishi) (MRJ) mega-orders, said to include A350s and 787s.
That changed just recently when the "Fars" news wire ran a story about the relatively unknown Qeshm Air (QES) securing its Third Country Operator (TCO) license from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this month. The license is a mandatory requirement for any airline wishing to serve Europe, and assesses a prospective carrier's overall safety and quality of operations. These 2 areas have proven problematic for Iran's airlines in recent years given the aging fleets most operate using spares, and aircraft, that are often clandestinely acquired.
Anyway (EASA) has since confirmed that indeed, Qeshm Air (QES), Mahan Air (MHN), and Iran Air (IRN) have (TCO)s although (MHN) is restricted from using its A310 fleet to Europe. Iran Air Tours (IRB) is still undergoing scrutinization while Meraj Air and (ATA) Airlines (Iran) have both withdrawn their respective bids. Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC)' application was rejected, (EASA) said.
For its part, Qeshm Air (QES), which until now, has focused on the domestic and regional Iranian markets, has yet to set a date for its maiden European flights.
December 2016: 737-3S3 (29244, JY-JAV), ex-(SU-KHO) Jordan Aviation (JOR) leased.
February 2017: 737-33R (28873, YR-SUA), ex-(SX-BOU), Fly 365 Aviation.
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2 737-3S3 (JT8D) (29244, JY-JAV), EX-(SU-KHO), JORDAN AVIATION (JOR) LEASED 2016-12.
1 737-3S3 (JT8D) (JY-JAY - SEE PHOTO 2018-11).
1 737-33R (JT8D) (28873, YR-SUA), EX-(SX-BOU), FLY 365 AVIATION LEASED 2017-02.
1 737-524 (JT8D) (28921, UR-CGZ), EX-(UR-CPE) 2016-09.
2 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (49505, UR-BXM; 49512, UR-BXL), BUKOVYNA AVIATION (BKV) LEASED 2010-09. EX-(G-CEPD & G-CEPG), 169Y.
1 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (2010-53162, /92 UR-CHX), BUKOVYNA AVIATION (BKV) LEASED 2011-03. 169Y.
2 A300B4-203 (CF6-50C2) (299, /84 TC-OBC; 302, /84 TC-OBB), ONUR AIR (ONR) WET-LEASED. 317Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (519, /89 TC-SGC "FETHIYE KOLOT"), EX-(AIN), (ILF) LEASED 2005-05. WET-LEASED TO (QES). IN ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINE (AFG) COLORS. (SGZ) WET-LEASED 2012-10. 22C, 187Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (562, /90 TC-SGB "AKCAABAT"), EX-(LAB), (ILF) 54 MONTH LEASED 2004-08. WET-LEASED TO (SUD). WET-LEASED TO (MHN) 2005-10. LEASED TO (SUD) 2005-08. LEASED TO (ONU). WET-LEASED TO (ALG) 2008-04. AGAIN 2009-06. IN ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES (AFG) COLORS. (SGB) WET-LEASED (IRT) 2012-10. 18C, 200Y.
2 A310-300 (519; 562), EX-(SGX) 2012-10.
1 A320-200 (414), (KHO) LEASED 2012-10.
2 ORDERS AN-124-100.
1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (90A-866, (SBR) LEASED; 92A-928, (VNU) LEASED) (810; 860; RETURNED 2000-11 TO (BUL) (92A-904, EP-MAU RETURNED (KMV) 2000-12). (92A-940, EP-MBN RETURNED (ZXD) 2001-09). 93A-975, LZ-LCB; BULGARIAN AIR CHARTER LEASED 2001-10. (92A-928, EP-MHR) TO (MHN) 2003-05, (93A-975, EP-MBR) RETURNED (BUL) 2003-05. 164Y.
2 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (93A-982, EP-MBO; 89A-800, EP-MBP), LEASED 2001-07. 164Y.
0 TU-154M (D-30JU-154-II) (788, /88 EP-MCF), W/O IN ACCDT SEPTEMBER 2006. 164Y.
1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (90A-855, EP-MBU), VARZ LEASED 2003-02. 164Y.
0 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (91A-902, RA-85720), (ZXD) WET-LEASED 2004-04. RETURNED 2004-08. 164Y.
1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (92A-930, EP-MBT), AIRLINE 400 LEASED 2004-01.
5 ORDERS TU-204-120C.
A POURMOHAMMADI, CHAIRMAN.
S MEHDI SADEGHI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ABBAS-ALI ABDOLAHI-FAR, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.