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Formed in 1993. D B A Faraz Qeshm Airlines. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Corner of 11th Street
Gandi Avenue No 17
Tehran 15112, 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.
OCTOBER 2000: MAHAN AIR (MHN) TAKES OVER QESHM AIR (QES), WHICH OPERATES FROM QESHM ISLAND, IRAN WITH LEASED TU-154, AND YAK-40 AIRPLANES. 1 IL-76TD (1023409321, EP-MAH), MAHAN AIR (MHN) LEASED TO QESHM AIR (QES).
APRIL 2001: 1 IL-76TD (1013409297, EP-JAY) MAHAN AIR (MHN) LEASED TO QESHM AIR (QES).
MAY 2001: ACCDT: QESHM AIR (QES) YAK-40 CRASHED NEAR SARI, IRAN = ALL 29 FATALITIES, INCLUDING THE IRANIAN MINISTER OF TRANSPORT.
November 2002: 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.
June 2006: A321-131 (385, TC-ONJ), Onur Air (ONU) wet-leased for services from Dubai.
September 2006: Qeshm Air (QES) leased an A300B4-203 (TC-OBB) see photo.
January 2008: MD-83 (53184, TC-AKL), Ankair (VVF) wet-leased in "Qeshm Air" colors.
November 2008: 767-223 (22526, JY-JRE - - SEE PHOTO - - "QES-767-223-2009-11"), Royal Falcon (RFJ) leased.
February 2009: (IATA) Code: QB.
(ICAO) Code: IRQ - (Callsign - QESHM AIR).
Main base: Tehran Mehrabad International airport (THR).
June 2012: Qeshm Air (QES) plans to resume operations later this year with a single Fokker F 50 (EP-FQB). It had operated a wide range of airplanes on scheduled passenger and cargo flights between 1997 and 2007 when it had finally suspended operations.
February 2013: Qeshm Airlines ((IATA) Code: QB, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (QES) is planning to wet-lease 3 ex-(KLM) cityhopper (UKA) Fokker 100s from Ukrainian wet-lease (ACMI) specialist, Bukovyna Airlines (BKV) with the airplanes currently being prepared for the operations in Iran at Kiev Borispol according to Skyliner Aviation. (QES) already operates 4 Fokker F 50s on domestic flights and international services between Gheshm and Dubai International.
March 2013: Qeshm Airlines (QES) has wet-leased A320-200 (607, EY-631) from Tajik start-up Asian Express Airline (Tajikistan) ((ICAO) Code: TXP, based at Dushanbe) further increasing its fleet after having just recently agreed to wet-lease 3 Fokker F 100s from Ukrainian wet-lease (ACMI) specialist, Bukovyna Airlines (BKV).
May 2013: Qeshm Airlines (QES) is planning to add 5 Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) A300-600Rs, formerly with Turkey's Onur Air ((IATA) Code: 8Q, based at Istanbul Atatürk). (QES), which specializes in operations from Qeshm Island to various cities around Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), currently operates 4 Fokker F 50s and leases 4 Fokker F 100s from Ukrainian charter specialists, Bukovyna Airlines (BKV).
June 2013: Qeshm Air (QES) serves 2 countries, 6 destinations and 6 routes.
September 2013: Qeshm Airlines ((IATA) Code: QB, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (QES) has deployed its 1st of 5 ex-Onur Air ((IATA) Code: 8Q, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (ONU) A300-600Rs (603, EP-FQM), into operation. The other 4 are currently parked at Tehran Imam Khomeini awaiting their respective entries into service. The Iranian regional carrier has also begun a wet-lease contract with Asian Express Airline (Tajikistan) ((IATA) Code: KV, based at Dushanbe) (TXP) in which the 1st of 3 ex-Vietnam Airlines ((IATA) Code: VN, based at Hanoi) A320-200s (617, EY-632), has also been deployed into revenue service. Qeshm Airlines (QES)'s fleet also incorporates 4 ARJ-100s, 1 ARJ-85, 4 Fokker F 100s and 4 Fokker F 50s.
October 2013: SEE "AIRLINER WORLD" UPDATE - - "QES-2013-10 - UPDATE-A/B/C/D/E."
March 2015: Qeshm Airlines ((IATA) Code: QB, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (QES) has ventured into the SE Asian market with the launch of daily flights from Tehran Imam Khomeini to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi on Saturday, February 21. Service is on-board an A300-600.
The Iran - SE Asia market is currently dominated by Iran Air ((IATA) Code: IR, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (IRN), Mahan Air ((IATA) Code: W5, based at Tehran Mehrabad) (MHN), and Iran Aseman Airlines ((IATA) Code: EP, based at Tehran Mehrabad).
Until the launch of flights to the Thai capital, Qeshm Air (QES) had focused on domestic Iranian operations.
February 2016: Qeshm Airlines (QES) will add +3 more A320-200s to its fleet later this quarter. (QES) Managing Director, Mahmoud Shekatabi told Aviation Iran that the aircraft, which are to be leased, will arrive some time next month. A further 4 Airbus aircraft are expected to join (QES) this summer, he said.
Qeshm Air (QES) currently operates 5 A300-600s, 3 A320-200s, 4 ARJ-100s, 1 ARJ-85, 4 Fokker F 100s, and 4 Fokker F 50s.
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)'s 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.
June 2017: Qeshm Air (QES) has begun a weekly (Tuesdays) A319 service from Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA) to Brussels (BRU), its 1st scheduled destination in Western Europe (apart from some ad-hoc operations to Larnaca). The 4,083 km sector began on June 27 and (QES) will face no direct competition on the city pair.
Airport sources have indicated that (QES) will increase its frequency as the route develops, particularly because Belgium has a large community of Iranians.
July 2017: Qeshm Air (QES), the Iranian airline, began its weekly (Tuesdays) A319 service from Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA) to Brussels (BRU).
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1 747-281F SCD (CF6-50E2) (818-24576), EX-KAM AIR (KMF); AIR BRIDGE CARGO (ABC) & NIPPON CARGO (NCA). FREIGHTER.
0 767-223 (22526, JY-JRE - - SEE PHOTO - - "QES-767-223-2009-11"), (RFJ) WET-LSD 2008-12. RTND.
0 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (2088-53184, /94 TC-AKL), ANKAIR (VVF) WET-LSD 2008-01 IN "QESHM AIR" COLORS. RTND. 165Y.
5 A300B4-605R (0584, EP-FQK; 0603, EP-FQM; 0744, EP-FQL; 0749, EP-FQN - - SEE PHOTO; 0764, EP-FQO), EX-ONUR AIR (ONU).
3 A320-214 (0607, EY-333; 0611, EY-631; 0617, EY-632), EX-VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE), VIA ASIAN EXPRESS.
0 A321-131 (V2530-A5) (385, T/93 C-ONJ), (ONU) WET-LSD 2006-06. RTND. 220Y.
1 AVRO RJ85E (E2363, EY-571), EX-CITYJET, VIA ASIAN EXPRESS.
0 AVRO RJ100 (E3320, EY-573; E3356, EY-570; E3374, EY-572; E3375, EY-574), EX-(CRM) & (BAB), VIA ASIAN EXPRESS.
4 FOKKER F 50 (20263, EP-FQB; 20265, EP-FQD; 20274, EP-FQA; 20275, EP-FQC), EX-KISH AIR (IRK).
4 FOKKER F 100 (11444, EP-FQG; 11462, EP-FQH; 11475, EP-FQI; 11477, EP-FQJ), EX-KLM CITYHOPPER (AUK), VIA BUKOVYNA AIR ENTERPRISE (BKV).
0 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (1013409297, /91 EP-TQJ; 1023409321, /92 EP-TQI), EX-CAIRO CHARTERS. FREIGHTER.
MAHMOUD SHEKATABI, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
S MOLAEI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).