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FORMED IN 1991 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
MAHAN AIR TOWER
AZADEGHAN ST, KARAJ HIGHWAY
TEHRAN 1481655761, IRAN
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1502, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1,648,000 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 75 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TEHRAN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FARSI.
APRIL 2000: 200 EMPLOYEES.
MAHAN AIR (MHN) FLIES TO CAIRO, DUBAI, AND MOSCOW, AS WELL AS PILGRIM SERVICES FROM KERMAN, TO SYRIA, SCHEDULED SERVICE TO KISH, AND PASSENGER CHARTERS TO MOSCOW.
JULY 2000: 1 A300B4-203 (204), ING LEASED FOR OPERATIONS TO UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE), TURKEY, AND SYRIA. 2 AN-74'S FOR CARGO FLIGHTS.
OCTOBER 2000: TAKES OVER "QESHM AIR," WHICH OPERATES FROM QESHM ISLAND, IRAN, WITH LEASED TU-154, AND YAK-40. 1 IL-76TD (1023409321, EP-MAH), LEASED TO QESHM AIR.
JANUARY 2001: TO SEOUL, VIA BANGKOK (A300B4, WEEKLY).
APRIL 2001: 2 TU-154M'S (91A-898, EP-JAZ; 899, EP-ARG) TO CASPIAN. 1 IL-76TD (1013409297, EP-JAY) TO QESHM AIR.
JUNE 2001: 2000 = 600,000 PASSENGERS (PAX). PROJECTS 800,000 FOR 2001.
LOOKING FOR 4TH A300B4, FOR SERVICES TO BANGKOK, DUBAI, AND SEOUL.
JANUARY 2002: IN FEBRUARY 2002, TO DUSSELDORF (2/WEEK). PLANS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO NEW DELHI VIA KABUL.
MARCH 2002: THE IRANIAN NATIONAL AVIATION ORGANIZATION (INAO) PLANS TO MERGE KISH AIR (IRK) AND MAHAN AIR (MHN), WITH IRAN AIR (IRN).
APRIL 2002: 450 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: TEHERAN - MEHRABAD AIRPORT (THR).
ALLIANCES: AIR FRANCE (AFA); KLM; LUFTHANSA (DLH); & SAS.
SCHEDULED, DOMESTIC SERVICES: KERMAN; & MASHAD.
INTERNATIONAL, SHEDULED SERVICES: BAHRAIN; BANGKOK; DUBAI; & MUSCAT.
May 2002: Possible 3 A340's Gulf air (GUL) wet-leased.
July 2002: Receives OK from Indian authorities, for service to New Delhi (A300, 3/week). To Kabul, Afghanistan (weekly).
August 2002: In October 2002, to Dar Es Salaam, Entebbe, and Johannesburg (DC-10-30, wet-leased).
October 2002: 1 A310-304 (537, EP-MHI), ex-Turkish Airlines (THY).
February 2003: 1 Tu-154M (89A-821), Omskavia leased.
May 2003: Tu-154M (92A-928, EP-MHR), ex-Iran Air Tours (IRN).
February 2004: In July 2004, Tehran - Birmingham (A310-300, 2/week).
A321-111 (519, D-ANJA), Blue Wings (BLW) wet-leased.
May 2004: 450 employees.
2 A320-232's (V2527-A5) (916, D-ANNA), ex-Taca (TAC) & (857, D-ALEX), ex-United Airlines (UAL), Blue Wings (BLW) wet-leased.
September 2004: In July 2005, Tehran - Birmingham (2/week).
December 2004: A330-223 (305, D-AXEL), Blue Wings (BLW) wet-leased.
June 2005: Mahan Air (MHN) operates scheduled, domestic services and international jet airplane flights to Europe and the Far East, together with passenger charters to points in Russia and the Middle East including Cairo, Dubai, and Moscow, as well as pilgrim services from Kerman to Syria.
900 employees (including 100 Flight Crew (FC); 240 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 150 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: W5 - 537. (ICAO) Code: IRM (Callsign - MAHAN AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Mol-Al-Movahedin Organization (96%).
Main Base: Tehran Mehrebad Airport (THR).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Kerman; Mashad; Tehran; & Zahedan.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Birmingham; Delhi; Dubai; & Dusseldorf.
October 2005: Mahan Air (MHN) of Iran will inaugurate nonstop service from Tehran to Kochi on December 16th. The airline will operate 3 flights a week with an A320 departing Tehran on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays and Kochi on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.
A310-304 (CF6-50C2) (562, TC-SGB), Saga Airlines (SGZ) wet-leased. Tu-204-120 (1450742764027, SU-EAF), Cairo Aviation (AOX) wet-leased.
November 2005: Mahan Air (MHN) will launch 3X weekly flights Tehran - Cochin November 30 operating a 2-class A310. On December 7, it will start a 2X weekly service between Tehran and Manchester with a 2-class A310-300.
January 2006: MD-83 (49930, LZ-LDZ), Bulgarian Air Charter (BUC) wet-leased. A310-304 (524, EX-301), ex-(D-AIDF), delivery & A320-211 (030, F-GZZZ), Eagle Air (EGZ) leased.
June 2006: 2 A300B2K-3Cs (160, EK-30060; 244, EK-30044), Blue Sky (BKY) wet-leased.
March 2007: Blue Airways ((IACO) Code: BLM, based at Yerevan Zvartnots (EVN)) has started operating three ex-United Airlines (UAL) 747-400s on behalf of Mahan Air (MHN).
September 2007: The European Commission (EC) released the fifth update of its list of airlines banned in the European Union (EU). Two new carriers appeared: Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines, and Mahan Air (MHN) of Iran. "This latest update illustrates once more, that the black list is a dynamic instrument, which the Commission (EC) can use whenever necessary, without having to wait for the quarterly reviews," VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.
November 2007: The European Commission (EC) issued the sixth update of its airline blacklist, removing Suriname's Blue Wing Airlines and lifting the operating restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Both carriers, however, will remain subject to prioritized ramp inspections at Community airports in order to ensure their "consistent adherence" to relevant safety standards. "This latest revision shows that when airlines take rapid and sound corrective action to comply with safety standards, they can be withdrawn from the list quickly," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot noted. "It also shows that the list increasingly serves as a preemptive, rather than punitive tool for safeguarding aviation safety." He added that relevant oversight authorities verified measures taken by (PIA) and Blue Wing Airlines and "that these measures provide for long-lasting sustainable solutions to avoid the same problems recurring in the future."
The blacklist now comprises eight individual carriers including TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), Mahan Air (MHN), and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air - (UKM)), whose operations are fully banned in the (EU). Also banned are all airlines from Equatorial Guinea (ECV), Indonesia: (AWR); (BLN); (BTV); (DHI); (FES); (GIA); (KTK); (LKW); (MLI); (MND); (NOK); (PNM); (PTF); (REX); (SJA); (TGN); (TMG); (WON); (XPR); Kyrgyzstan: (ITL); (KYR); (PHG); (PHX); (STZ); Liberia: (LBG); Sierra Leone: (ORG); (RUM); (UVL); Swaziland: (AFC); and Democratic Republic of Congo: (TCS); (WDA); & (WET) with the exception of Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), which is subject to operating restrictions). Operational restrictions were placed on Air Bangladesh (BGD) and Air Service Comores (COM).
February 2008: The European Commission (EC) released the fifth update of its list of airlines banned in the European Union (EU). Two new carriers appeared: Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air) (UKM) and Mahan Air (MHN) of Iran. "This latest update illustrates once more that the black list is a dynamic instrument which the Commission (EC) can use whenever necessary, without having to wait for the quarterly reviews," VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.
July 2008: The eighth edition of the European Commission (EC)'s blacklist of banned airlines does not include Iran's Mahan Airlines (MHN), thanks to "significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on-site inspection," but continues to include Indonesian airlines, including Garuda Indonesia (GIA). "The Commission (EC) decided that the Indonesian authorities have still not developed and implemented an efficient oversight program on any of the carriers under their regulatory control," it said. Ukraine Cargo Airways remains banned as well, and Yemenia Airways (YEM) was told it "should complete its corrective actions plan" by the Air Safety Committee's next meeting. All airlines from Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are banned, while Gabon Airlines and Afrijet (FRJ) from Gabon are allowed to maintain operations at their current level.
October 2008: Now is flying from Tehran to Baghdad, Iraq.
November 2008: 1 747-422 (EP-MNA), Blue Sky (BKY) leased - - SEE PHOTO - - "MHN-747-422-NOV08."
December 2008: Operates B Ae 146-300 (EX-27000) on domestic routes to Zahedan, Kerman, Iran Shahr, Shiraz; Asaloee; Mashhad; Sirjan; Mahshahr, and Isfahan. Previously operated by China Eastern (CEA) and has been in storage for many years.
July 2009: Mahan Air (MHN) was added to the (EU)'s list of banned airlines, while Garuda Indonesia (GIA), Airfast Indonesia (PTF), Mandala Airlines (MND) and Premiair were removed from the "blacklist." The latest update did not include Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM), despite recent controversy following the June 29 A310-300 crash that killed 152 passengers and crew. All airlines from Zambia and Kazakhstan were added to the list with the exception of Air Astana (AKZ), which will be allowed limited access to (EU) nations.
TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG), already on the list of more than >200 carriers, will be allowed to operate "into Portugal only with certain airplanes and under very strict conditions," the European Commission (EC) said, adding that the limited access was granted to acknowledge "progress made by the civil aviation authority of Angola [and TAAG (ANG)] to resolve progressively any safety deficiencies." All other Angolan airlines remain banned. All Indonesian carriers remain banned apart from the aforementioned four. Complete bans are in place on airlines from Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.
European Commission VP Transport, Antonio Tajani has called for a global blacklist, a suggestion that has been rejected by (ICAO) for now. "We will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe," he said, renewing his call. "It is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere."
September 2009: A300B4-603 (414, EP-MNS), delivery, ex-(EX-35008).
July 2010: 3 A300B4-603 (380, EP-MNJ; 408; EP-; 618, EP-MNK), ex-(D-AIAH; D-AIAM; & D-AIAT), deliveries.
July 2011: Mahan Air (MHN) will operate weekly, A310-300 Tehran - Larnaca service through October 29.
August 2011: Mahan Air (MHN) will launch twice-weekly, Tehran - Shanghai Pudong, 747 flights on September 2nd.
October 2011: Mahan Air (MHN) signed a full-content distribution agreement with Travelport. (MHN) serves 12 different countries from Tehran.
Sanctions-hit Iran is taking the unprecedented step of allowing a foreign airline, Qatar Airways (QTA), to ply its domestic routes, an Iranian official told the "ISNA" news agency. “The agreements have been done and the time of implementation of this agreement will be announced by the roads and urban development ministry,” the deputy minister in that ministry tasked with transport, Shahriar Afandizadeh, was quoted as saying by the "ISNA" agency.
The deal would see (QTA) operate a code-share arrangement with Iranian airlines to comply with laws excluding non-Iranian companies from domestic routes, the CEO of flag-carrier Iran Air (IRN), Farhad Parvaresh, told the "IRNA" news agency.
Iran’s airline sector has suffered badly under three decades of USA sanctions, which have left a shrinking, dilapidated fleet unable to keep pace with demand. The country has struggled to purchase new airplanes under the sanctions (notably USA-made Boeings but also European-made Airbus (EDS) planes, which contain USA components) and has had difficulty in sourcing spare parts and providing necessary maintenance. Purchases of used airplanes have also been limited.
Around 15 serious air accidents over the past decade have killed more than >900 people, prompting authorities in February to start retiring leased Soviet-era Tupolev airplanes, badly reducing capacity.
There also have been a number of near-misses, including an emergency landing this month of an Iran Air (IRN) flight arriving from Moscow whose landing gear did not fully deploy. An identical problem forced a similar landing in June on a domestic flight by the country’s second-biggest airline, Mahan Air (MHN). There were no injuries in either incident.
Iran Air (IRN) and Mahan Air (MHN) have fleets of 51 planes and 36 planes, respectively.
The average age of Iranian airplanes in service is 22.5 years, according to figures presented in September by an Iranian lawmaker who calculated investment of five billion dollars was needed to cut the average age to 15 years.
Qatar Airways (QTA), which has a fleet of 97 airplanes and orders for +182 more, currently services international routes between the Qatari capital Doha and the Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz, and Mashhad.
(QTA) already has code-share agreements with several foreign airlines on international routes, including USA carriers United (UAL) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA).
Afandizadeh said domestic seats sold on the (QTA) planes would be +25% more expensive than the ones run by Iranian airlines, partly because the (QTA) airplanes would purchase aviation fuel at the market rate of 60 cents a litre rather than the subsidized 33 cents per litre offered to national companies.
January 2012: Um Air (UKM) has wet-leased an ex-Eurowings (EWG) B Ae 146-300 to Mahan Air (MHN).
Bukovyna Airlines (BKV) has taken delivery of a first ex-Air Dolomiti (DLA) B Ae 146-300 that it will operate on behalf of Mahan Air (MHN).
A300B4-622R (838, EX-35011), ex-(N863AC), Krygyz Trans Air leased.
June 2012: Mahan Air (MHN) has celebrated the launch of scheduled fights between its base at Tehran (IKA) and Ankara (ESB), the capital of Turkey. (MHN) already serves Istanbul in Turkey from both Tehran and Isfahan. The passengers on the first flight were part of a high level delegation consisting of top travel trade members from Iran as well as senior airline executives. They were greeted at Ankara’s Esenboga International Airport by a traditional water cannon welcome salute followed by official ceremonies, which included cutting a special cake and ribbon-cutting and speeches by Ankara airport and Mahan Air management. Welcoming remarks were provided by Nuray Demirer, General Director of the Airport. Addressing the gathering on arrival, Hossein Hosseini, (MHN)’s Director Marketing & Route Planning, thanked the airport for their support in making the (MHYN)r flight to Ankara a reality. He said (MHN) was committed to developing its business and reaching out to the travelling public with flights and frequencies to give passengers greater choice. The expansion, he stressed, was part of (MHN)’s ongoing growth strategy – a long-term commitment to develop its route infrastructure and fleet. The flights are being performed by 200-seat A310s with a two class configuration.
August 2012: Mahan Air (MHN) expanded its network to Southeast Asia on 14 August when the private Iranian airline connected Tehran (IKA) with the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Due to bilateral limitations, flights are operated with two weekly frequencies only, using 195-seat A310 airplanes. (MHN) has already been serving Kuala Lumpur from two other Iranian airports, Mashhad and Shiraz, since 2010. Competition on the route between the two country capitals comes from IranAir (IRN)’s five flights a week and AirAsia X (ASX)’s four weekly operations.
December 2012: Mahan Air (MHN) continues to build up its presence in Iraq, as it launched flights to its 3rd destination in the country on December 2. (MHN), which already serves Bagdad and Erbil each with 3x-weekly flights from Tehran (IKA), now also flies with the same frequency from the Iranian capital to Najaf (NJF). Flights on the 700 km route are offered with A310s in competition to Iran Air (IRN)’s daily service.
Mahan Air (MHN) has wet-leased a 1st A320-200 (414, UR-REZ) from Ukrainian charter carrier Khors Aircompany ((IATA) Code: KO, based at Kiev Borispol (KBP)) (KHO). It also has a wet-lease agreement with UM Air ((IATA) Code: UF, based at Kiev Borispol (KBP)) for 3 ARJ-100s.
January 2013: Mahan Air ((IATA) Code: W5, based at Tehran Mehrabad International airport (THR)) (MHN) has emerged as the recipient of the 2 ex-Chaba Airlines ((IATA) Code: CAH, based at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International aireport (BKK)) A340-300s recently exported from Thailand to Iran via Kyrgyzstan. The 2 A340-300s currently registered (20, EX-34001; 56, EX-34002) to Manas Airways (based at Bishkek Manas (FRU)) are the 1st 2 A340s to be operated by Mahan Air (MHN).
Mahan Air ((IATA) Code: W5, based at Tehran Mehrabad International (THR)) (MHN) has taken delivery of an ex-Alfa Air Services ((ICAO) Code: ALR, based at Bucharest Baneasa (BBU)) B AE 146-200 (2079, EP-MMV) that has been exported to Iran via Kyrgyzstan. The B AE 146-200 complements Mahan's existing regional fleet of 7 Bae 146-300s.
Iran Aseman Airlines ((IATA) Code: EP, based at Tehran Mehrabad International (THR)) (IRC) as well as Mahan Air (MHN) and Zagros Airlines (Iran) ((IATA) Code: ZV, based at Abadan (ABD)) (IZG) are among several other airlines currently owing the National Oil Refining & Distribution company of Iran >$200 million USD, due to unpaid fuel bills according to a report by "Reuters." Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami has threatened that the government would close down airlines not being able to pay their debts to the state owned fuel supplier within a week. Most Iranian airlines have been hit hard by lower demand and exchange rate changes within the last couple of months.
April 2013: Mahan Air (MHN) said it will launch flights from Tehran to the Chinese city of Guangzhou, effective May 19th. (MHN) will operate the route 2x-weekly, deploying an A310 configured with 24C business class seats and 160Y economy seats. (MHN) said Guangzhou will become its 2nd Chinese destination, complementing an existing service to Shanghai.
May 2013: Iran’s 1st privately-owned airline, Mahan Air (MHN), was established in 1992 and began operations the year after, and has only failed to post annual passenger growth once (in 1997) in its 20 year history. Having carried 5.1 million passengers last year, representing a near +5% increase over 2011 figures, (MHN) has its eyes on further growth during 2013.
SEE ATTACHED - - "MHN-2013-05 - PASSENGER GROWTH 10 YRS."
Looking at (MHN)’s operational results for 2012, (MHN), which serves an Iranian population of 75 million (approximately the same size as Turkey), has not had a bad last 12 months: “(ASK)s +14%; Movements +20%; Passengers carried +5%; Cargo +25%; System load factor +3% to 76% LF; Delays down -32%,” boasts a proud, Hossein Hosseini (MHN)’s Director Marketing & Route Development.
These impressive statistics have been contributed to by a busy period of route development, in what is a difficult environment for an airline where many markets remain firmly behind closed doors, due to the economic sanctions placed on Iran. “Last year, we expanded considerably in Turkey and Iraq, and you will see (MHN) going deeply into these markets [increasing frequency] rather than adding destinations in the short term,” explained Hosseini. “That said, we have launched several new scheduled international routes in the last 12 months, from Tehran to Erbil [2x-weekly], Ankara [3x-weekly], Kuala Lumpur [3x-weekly], and from Gheshm Island to Dubai [5x-weekly].”
Serving the (UAE) mega-hub, and now (MHN)’s biggest route, has been an almost ever-present element of (MHN)’s network (it was launched in 1998), proving that it is not afraid of taking on, and indeed living with, the likes of Emirates (EAD) when it comes to competing on regional routes. (EAD) flies 3x-daily to Tehran in competition with (MHN)’s 15-weekly service, as well as Iran Air (IRN) and Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC)’s 8x- and 5x-weekly operations, respectively.
However, not every launched route has been an unqualified success, with (MHN) culling 2 services from Iran’s 2nd city of Mashad in the last year (namely weekly operations to both Kuala Lumpur (incidentally, Mashad’s sister city) and Bangkok). (MHN)’s 24-route international network, which has also seen frequencies boosted in the last 12 months on existing routes to Istanbul, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Dammam, is backed up by a 32-route domestic network, itself enhanced by new services to Gheshm Island, Rafsanjan, and Sary.
In terms of future route development, (MHN) will continue to look east from Iran, but Hosseini suggests a return to further points in Europe (in addition to its 3x-weekly existing operation to Düsseldorf), as it has done in the past with flights to both Birmingham (started in 2004) and Manchester (2006) in the UK. “As the trade relationship is shifted from Europe to the Near and Far East, we are paying more attention to that area, and China in particular. At the same time, serving China calls for multiple European destinations to tap into their growing outbound market, therefore we cannot ignore Europe,” said Hosseini. He continued: “We are looking at opportunities at the moment, and we might have a new destination in Europe in late 2013 or early 2014.”
UM Air (UKM) recently took delivery of its 1st 2 ARJ-85s (2257, UR-CLU; 2261, UR-CLV)). The 2 jets, former Eznis Airways ((IATA) Code: EF, based at Ulaanbaatar) (EZA) machines, have already been ferried from Kiev Borispol to Tehran Imam Khomeini where they will be wet-leased to Mahan Air (MHN). While (MHN) does operate a B Ae 146-200 along with 9 B Ae 146-300s, the 2 ARJ-85s are their 1st of the type.
B Ae Avro RJ100 (E3343, UR-CKJ), Khors Air (KHO) leased.
June 2013: Kyrgyz Trans Avia ((IATA) Code: 6K, based at Bishkek) (KTA) along with Ukrainian carriers, Bukovyna Airlines ((IATA) Code: BQ, based at Chernovtsy) (BKV) and UM Air ((IATA) Code: UF, based at Kiev Borispol) (UKM), has been slapped with sanctions by the USA Department of the Treasury for "leasing and selling airplanes to Mahan Air ((IATA) Code: W5, based at Tehran Mehrabad) and Iran Air ((IATA) Code: IR, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (IRN) as they attempt to circumvent sanctions" and support Iran's alleged involvement in Syria via the Assad regime. UM Air (UKM) was identified as having leased Mahan Air (MHN) several ARJ-100, ARJ-85 and B Ae 146-300 airplanes, as well as helping to train and certify (MHN) pilots (FC) and engineers (MT) on B Ae 146s. Bukovyna Airlines (BKV) was sanctioned for "providing financial, material and technological support to Iran Air (IRN) by leasing airplanes to them." (BKV) and (UKM) have upwards of 25 airplanes in Iran now that are registered in their names with them being used by (MHN) to fly to Syria on "numerous occasions". Kyrgyz Trans Avia's airplanes that have been supplied to (MHN) are used it is claimed, "interchangeably, to move suspected illicit cargo to the Syrian regime and provide civilian passenger flights to Europe and Asia." (KTA) has announced that despite the embargo, it will still also operate Hajj flights from Kyrgyzstan to Jeddah in September as planned.
September 2013: Mahan Air (MHN) has begun 2x-weekly flights between Mashhad (MHD) in Iran and Dubai (DXB). The flights will be operated by (MHN)’s trusty A310s, and competition is provided by Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC), who operate the route 4x-weekly with Fokker F 100s. This is the 2nd new route from Mashhad to a Middle Eastern hub following the recent launch of Air Arabia (ABZ) flights from Sharjah.
February 2014: Mahan Air (MHN) will soon begin operating 2 A320-200s that were formerly wet-leased from Khors Aircompany (KHO). Records show that the Iranian carrier's 1st A320-200 (354, UR-CJO), has already been re-registered in Iran as (EP-MML), with the 2nd (414, UR-REZ), to follow suit shortly. (MHN) operates an eclectic fleet of aircraft ranging from A300s, A310-300s and A340-300s to 747-300s, ARJ-100s, ARJ-85s and BAe 146s.
August 2014: Mahan Air (MHN) will expand its operations in China later this year, with the launch of flights to Beijing.
Effective October 28, 2014, (MHN) will commence 3x-weekly flights connecting Tehran and Beijing, the capitals of Iran and China. The flights will leave Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport at 5:30 pm every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving at Beijing's Capital International Airport at 6:20 am the next morning. The return service will then depart Beijing at 12:40 am on every Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday, getting back to Tehran at 5:40 am.
(MHN) has been expanding rapidly in China recently, with direct flights to Shanghai launching in 2011, followed by Guangzhou in 2013.
Earlier this year, (MHN) also added more flights to Shanghai, taking the route from 3x- to 4x-weekly flights, while also timing the service to connect with its Tehran to Athens routes, providing Chinese passengers one-stop connections to Greece.
A340-313X (282, EP-MMC), ex-(34004), leased to Manas Airways.
March 2015: Mahan Air (MHN) added its 2nd German destination (in addition to Düsseldorf) and its 3rd to Europe (joining Istanbul Atatürk), when it began 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) operations to Munich (MUC) on March 11th. Ordinarily the 3,512 km sector will be flown by the (MHN)’s 210-seat A310s from Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA), however the inaugural flight was operated by 1 of its A340s. There will be no competition on the city pair.
April 2015: Mahan Air (MHN) is the Middle East's 8th largest operator in terms of fleet size.
(MHN) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran, and operated 52 airplanes in 2014, but is projected to decrease that to 45 in 2015. As Iran’s 1st private airline, (MHN) was established in 1991 and began operations in 1992. (MHN) has both Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS) jet airplanes in its fleet.
May 2015: Mahan Air (MHN) has added +9 additional Airbus (EDS) airplanes to its fleet as part of modernization plans. The recently added airplanes are <10 years old and technically excellent, (MHN) said, including 6 A340-600s, 1 A340-300 and 1 A321 airplane.
(MHN) said its growing number of domestic and international routes have made it necessary to add more airplanes. (MHN) transported 5.6 million passengers with a load factor of 77% LF in 2014. (MHN) operates 65 airplanes, making it the largest airline in Iran by number of seats and fleet.
(MHN) operates a mixed-fleet of Airbus A300, A310, B Ae 146 and Boeing 747 airplanes.
June 2015: Mahan Air (MHN) started 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) flights from its Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA) hub to Milan Malpensa (MXP) on June 17 (its 54th global destination). Although the inaugural service was operated by 1 A340, the service is intended to be flown by its A310 fleet. Iran Air (IRN) will provide the only direct competition on the 3,711 km airport pair, also flying 2x-weekly on the route. The sector becomes (MHN)’s 7th into Europe, and closely follows the start of services to Munich earlier this summer.
September 2015: "Iran is to Develop 27 Airports, and Add New Terminals" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, September 11, 2015.
Iran is looking to develop 27 of 51 civilian airports with new terminal projects. It is also planning $8 billion worth of new airport construction in Araz, Qom, and the Ikia regions. 5 new airports are being proposed, making Iran a hot spot for airport development, according to the Iran Airports & Aviation Development Forum (IAADF).
The (IAADF) sees a new beginning for Iran’s challenging economy.
The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO), H E Ali Reza Jahangirian, has called for the private sector to partner in aviation development projects, underlining his resolve to attract more investors to develop the country’s aviation industries.
Additionally, the organization said Imam Khomeini International Airport has capacity for 6 million passengers annually (a new terminal due to be built in five years will increase capacity to 20 million passengers a year).
According to the (CAO), Iran will need to acquire 400 to 500 airplanes over the coming decade to renew its aging fleet.
Airplane lessors will reap early benefits of the anticipated re-fleeting of Iran’s airlines if Western sanctions against the western Asian country are removed. Irish lessor, Avolon (AZV) said Iran’s in-service fleet is just >200 aircraft, but the average age of the fleet is 26 years. According to (AZV), [aircraft] manufacturers are largely sold out for the next 5 years, which means at least the 1st stage of the re-fleeting program in Iran will fall to lessors, both in terms of new and used equipment.
For example, (MHN) added 9 additional Airbus aircraft to its fleet in May, as part of its modernization plans. The recently added aircraft are <10 years old and “technically excellent,” (MHN) said, adding these include 6 Airbus A340-600s, 1 A340-300, and 1 A321.
September 2015: Mahan Air (MHN) is to launch flights from Tehran to the Danish capital Copenhagen next March. (MHN) will initially operate the route 2x-weekly, but plans to increase capacity as the route develops, said Director Marketing & Route Development Hossein Hosseini.
We believe this is the largest unserved market in Europe for airlines in Iran" he said. (MHN) will launch the results on March 3 and will serve the market using A310s and A340s. That includes A340-600s, marking the 1st scheduled deployment of the type at Copenhagen.
This is opening up the 18th biggest economy in the world and there is inbound and outbound interest from business and leisure travelers.
December 2016: ACCDT: A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (620, /91 EP-MNP) performing flight W5-112 from Tehran Mehrabad (Iran) to Istanbul (Turkey) with about 150 people on board, had safely landed on Ataturk Airport's runway 05 and taxied to the apron, stand S6, but failed to stop on the stand. The aircraft continued about 30 meters past the stand and broke through a concrete barrier topped by a railing causing the nose gear to collapse. The nose fell onto the roof of a bus driving along the road underneath. No injuries occurred. No passengers were on board the bus. The driver was the sole occupant of the bus and remained uninjured.
Passengers reported following the accident that the captain (FC) had announced they had suffered a hydraulic failure resulting in the failure of the brakes.
Airport officials commented that the flight crew had shut the engines down when the aircraft reached the parking position and encountered the failure of the brakes. Had the bus not been there by pure coincidence, the outcome of the accident could have been far worse. The aircraft entangled in the railing.
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January 2016: Mahan Air (MHN) restarted services to the Russian capital on January 21, launching flights to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) from its international hub at Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA). The 2,481 km sector, which was originally planned to start a week earlier on January 14, is operated on a 4x-weekly basis with (MHN)’s A310 fleet. Mahan Air (MHN) faces no direct competition, however Iran Air (IRN) flies weekly and Aeroflot (ARO) 4x-weekly between the 2 capitals, with both utilizing Moscow Sheremetyevo.
February 2016: Russia and Iran have established a bilateral agreement designating an unlimited number of carriers on specified routes. According to the agreement, the airlines will be able to operate a maximum of 28 frequencies per week with any aircraft type.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was adjusted by the countries in September 2015 and recently disclosed by Russian authorities.
The two countries have agreed that Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad and Rasht will be points of destinations for scheduled services in Iran; three more points will be specified later. Points of destinations in Russia will be Moscow, St Petersburg, Astrakhan, Kazan, Ufa, and Sochi; one more destination will be added later.
Iran’s Mahan Air (MHN) started weekly, Tehran to Moscow Vnukovo Airbus A310 service on January 21, and will add a 2x-weekly frequency on February 29.
April 2016: "Saudi Arabia Bans Iran’s Mahan Air (MHN)" by (ATW)
Alan Dron, April 7, 2016.
Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has barred Iranian carrier Mahan Air (MHN) from its airports and airspace following alleged breaches of safety regulations.
Direct air links between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been cut since the start of the year, following the Saudi execution of a Shia cleric. The resulting diplomatic row saw air travel between the 2 nations suspended.
However, the latest decision by the Saudi authorities appears to go further, with a (GACA) statement saying it had decided to end permits issued to Mahan Air (MHN) to fly into Saudi Arabia “once and for all.” The ban applies not only to landing, but also to any (MHN) flights transiting Saudi airspace.
(GACA) said the ban had been decided upon for safety reasons, following monitoring of airline performance. The action against the Iranian carrier had been taken on the grounds of “a number of systemic abuses in violation of the regulations and national laws relevant to the safety of international aircraft operators [in the] kingdom.”
International sanctions against Iran have been eased in recent months following the agreement to limit the nation’s nuclear ambitions and manufacturers Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) have been granted permission to sell aircraft to Iranian carriers, which operate generally older fleets. Airbus (EDS) and ATR have already won substantial orders.
Mahan Air (MHN) retains several routes to European destinations.
However, (MHN) remains under special sanctions by the USA for political reasons.
September 2016: Mahan Air (MHN) A340-642 (615, EP-MMR) damaged at Tehran (IKA) by IranAir (IRN) A310-304 being pushed back at gate.
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) licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this month. The licence 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 ageing 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.
January 2017: Mahan Air (MHN) has chosen (APG) as a General Sales Agent (GSA) in France.
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1 747-3B3 (CF6-50E2) (632-23413, /86 EP-MND - SEE PHOTO - - "MHN-747-3B3-2009-11"), BLUE SKY WET-LSD 2007-11 IN "MAHAN AIR" COLORS. EX-(EK-74713). 22C, 485Y.
3 747-422 (PW4056) (EP-MNA - - SEE PHOTO - - "MHN-747-422-2008-11"), EX-(UAL), (BKY) LSD 2008-11. 14F, 73C, 260Y.
2 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1405-49569, /87 LZ-LDV; 1720-49930, /90 LZ-LDZ), EX-(CSR), (BUC) WET-LSD 2006-01. 161Y.
0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2), WET-LSD 2002-10. RTND.
2 A300B2K-3C (CF6-50C2R) (160, /81 EK-30060; 244, /83 EK-30044), (BKY) WET-LSD 2006-06; 298Y.
2 A300B4-103 (CF6-50C2) (035, /77 EP-MHE; 055, /78 EP-MHF), 1999-02. 24C, 221Y.
2 A300B4-203 (CF6-50C2) (175, /82 EP-MHL; 204, /82 EP-MHG), (ING) LSD 2000-07, 266Y.
3 A300B4-603 (380, EP-MNJ; 408; EP-MNI; 618, EP-MNK), EX-(D-AIAH; D-AIAM; & D-AIAT), 2010-07.
1 A300B4-603 (401, EP-MNG), EX-(D-AIAK).
3 A300B4-603 (411, EP-MNR; 414, EP-MNS; 546, EP-MNT), 2009-09.
1 A300B4-605R (EP-MNN, 2011-10).
1 A300B4-622R (838, EX-35011), EX-(N863AC), KRYGYZ TRANS AIR LSD 2012-01.
1 A310-304 (CF6-50C2) (519, /89 TC-SGC "FETHIYE KOLOT"), (SGZ) WET-LSD 2005-11. 22C, 185Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-50C2) (524, /89 EX-301), 2007-01. 262Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-50C2) (562, /90 TC-SGB "AKCAABAT"), (SGZ) WET-LSD 2005-10. 18C, 191Y.
2 A310-304ET (CF6-50C2A2) (537, /90 EP-MHI, 2002-10; 586, /91 EP-MHH, 2002-05), EX-(THY), LSD. 14C, 168Y.
5 A310-304 (CF6-50C2A2) (476, /88; 478, /88; 480, /88; 496, /89; 497, /89), EX-(THY). 14C, 168Y.
1 A310-304 (567, EP-MNV), EX-(EK-35003), 24C, 160Y.
1 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (620, /91 EP-MNP, 2009-01), 10C, 186Y.
1 A320-200 (414, UR-REZ), (KHO) WET-LSD 2012-12.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (030, /89 F-GZZZ), (EGZ) LSD 2006-01. RTND. 167Y.
0 A320-231 (0354, UR-CJO), EX-(N354BV), (KHO) WET-LSD 2013-09. TO (IRC) 2014-10.
0 A320-231 (0414, EP-MMK), EX-(UR-REZ) 2014-06. TO (IRC) 2014-10.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (530, /95 EP-MHK; 575, /96 EP-MHN), 156Y/174Y.
2 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (857, /98 EP-MHJ, EX-(UAL); 916, D-ANNA, EX-(TAC), (BLW) WET-LSD 2004-05. 916 NTU. 12F, 126Y.
0 A321-111 (CFM56-5B1/2P) (519, D-ANJA), (BLW) WET-LSD 2004-02, RTND 2004-12. 186Y.
1 A321-200, 2015-05.
1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1202, /00 EP-AGB), GOVT OPS FOR ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. VIP.
1 A330-223 (PW4168A) (305, /03 D-AXEL), EX-(DLH), (BLW) WET-LSD, 48C, 182Y.
1 A340-300, 2015-05.
2 A340-311 (20, EP-MMA; 56, EP-MMB), EX-MANAS AIRWAYS/CHABA AIRLINES 2012-12.
1 A340-313X (282, EP-MMC), EX-34004 LST MANAS AIRWAYS 2014-08.
6 A340-642 (391, EP-MMH; 416; 449; 615, EP-MMR), EX-(9H-TEP; YI-NAD; YI-NAE), 2015-05.
1 B AE AVRO RJ100 (E3343, UR-CKJ), EX-(SX-DMB), KHORS AIR (KHO) LSD 2013-05.
1 B AE 146-200 (2079, EP-MMV), EX-ALFA AIR (2013-01).
2 B AE 146-300 (EX-27000; E3212, EX-27001), PALM AVIATION LSD.
1 B AE 146-300 (E3131, UR-CKX), EX-(LZ-HBE) 2013-06, UM AIR (UKM) LSD.
1 B AE 146-300, EX-(EWG), (UKM) WET-LSD 2012-01.
1 B AE 146-300 (E3358, UR-CJW), EX-(DLA), (BKV) WET-LSD 2012-01.
2 AN-74, CARGO OPS 2000-07.
2 ARJ-85 (2257, UR-CLU; 2261, UR-CLV), EX-(EZNIS AIRWAYS (EZA) 2013-05.
3 ARJ-100, UM AIR(UKM) WET-LSD 2012-12.
0 IL-76T, SOLD 2 IN 2001.
2 IL-76TD (1023409321, EP-TQI), LST QESHM AIR (QES) 2000-10. (1013409297, EP-JAY; QESHM (QES) OPS 2001-04).
4 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-11) (91A-898, EP-JAZ; 91A-899, EP-ARG; TO CASPIAN (CPN) 2001-04) (89A-821, /89 EP-MHS, OMSKAVIA LSD 2003-02) (92A-936, RA-85754, ENKOR LSD) (932, /92 EP-MHV; 890, /91 EP-MHZ), OMSKAVIA LSD. (92A-928, /92 EP-MHR, EX-(IRN) 2003-05. 91A-890 RTND OMSKAVIA 2004-09. 164Y.
1 TU-154, QESHM AIR (QES) OPS. 164Y.
2 TU-204-120 (RB211-535E4-B) (1450742764027, /97 SU-EAF; 1450744864023, /98 SU-EAH), (AOX) WET-LSD 2005-10. 208Y.
1 YAK 40 (9740856, EP-TQP, ARMENIAN LSD; EP-TQS; 9630149, EP-TQU), QESHM AIR (QES) OPS. 1 DESTROYED 2001-05.
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CAPTAIN MOHAMMAD HASSANI, PRESIDENT.
HAMID ARABNEJAD, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MEHDI ALIYARI, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VP INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS & DEVELOPMENT.
MR HADJI, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
E, VP COMMERCIAL.
HOSSEIN HOSSEINI, DIRECTOR MARKETING & ROUTE DEVELOPMENT.