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Iran is a republic in south-western Asia. It is bordered on the north by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea, on the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the south by the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Persian Gulf; and on the west by Iraq and Turkey. The area of Iran is about 1,648,000 sq km (about 636,300 sq mi). Until 1935 Iran was known abroad as Persia. The capital and largest city is Tehrân (Teheran)

Latest updates

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline : dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

August 4, 2017 

Eram Air commenced operations in Dec2005. Ceased operations in 2013 but is still hoping to restart [status change]

August 2, 2017

Hormoz Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Bandar Abbas International (BND) [added]

July 3, 2017

Fly Qeshm still appears to be starting but in 2017 [status change] (via ch-aviation)

July 3, 2017

Jam Airlines is a proposed scheduled carrier out of Kangan Jam (KNR) [added] (via ch-aviation)

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Aban Air  updated

Inactive 2006 - 2007

^ Comments : Aban Air received its air operator’s certificate from the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran in Mar2006. It launched cargo charters between Tehran and Dubai in May2006

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : K5 : ABE

Air Service  updated

Renamed 1962* - 1980

^ Comments : Air Service was founded in 1962 [Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines (AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARIS AIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN). Operations started on 30Jun1980. Domestic and international scheduled and charter airline]

^ Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Air Taxi  updated

Renamed 1958* - 1980

^ Comments : Air Taxi was founded in 1958 [Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines (AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARIS AIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN). Operations started on 30Jun1980. Domestic and international scheduled and charter airline]

^ Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Aram Air   

Inactive 2000* - 2002

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRW

Aria Air   

Inactive 2001 - 2015*

^ Comments : Aria Air was formed as Aria Air Tours in 2000 by Captain Asghar Abdollahpour and Captain Mahdi Dadpei. Renamed in 2001 International and domestic passenger services. Ceased operations but hopes to restart

^ Genealogy : Aria Air Tours >Aria Air

^ Airline Code : -- : IRX

Aria Air Tours   

Renamed 2000 - 2001

^ Comments : Aria Air was formed as Aria Air Tours in 2000 by Captain Asghar Abdollahpour and Captain Mahdi Dadpei. Renamed in 2001 International and domestic passenger services. Ceased operations but hopes to restart

^ Genealogy : Aria Air Tours >Aria Air

^ Airline Code : -- : IRX

Arsh Air   

Unsure 2007* - 2008*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : ARS

Arvand Airlines   

Active 1998* - date

^ Comments : Arvand Airlines was formed in 1998

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRD

ATA Airlines   

Active 2010 - date

^ Comments : ATA Airlines was established on 17Dec2008 & first flight was on 31Dec2009 from Tabriz to Mashhad. Started scheduled operations in 2010 with services for its domestic routes.

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : TBZ

Atlas Air (Atlas Aviation)   

Inactive 1995* - 2002

^ Comments : Atlas Air was formed in 1995

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRH

Atrak Air  updated

Active 2013 - date

^ Comments : Atrak Air was founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Ekbatan Town, Tehran. The airline finally commenced service on 26Jan2013 with flights to 3 destinations

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Bon Air   

Inactive 1992* - 1998

^ Comments : Bon Air was formed in 1992

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Bonyad Airlines (Bon Air)   

Inactive 1997 - 1998

^ Comments : Bonyad Airlines was formed by Bonyad Mostazafan in 1992

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRJ

Caspian Airlines   

Active 1993 - date

^ Comments : Caspian Airlines was established in 1993 with operations starting on 15Sep1993

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : RV : CPN

Chabahar Air  updated

Active 1999 - 2012

^ Comments : Chabahar Air was a passenger carrier with it's main base at Mehrabad Airport

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRU

Eagle Airlines   

Renamed 1948* - 1949

^ Comments : Eagle Airlines was founded in 1948 & merged into Iranian Airways [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : Eagle Airlines >>Iranian Airways + PAS =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code :  

Eram Air  updated

Restarting 2005 - 2013

^ Comments : Eram Air commenced operations in Dec2005. Ceased operations in 2013 but is still hoping to restart (Local charter services out of Tabriz)

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : YV : ERV

Esquith Air   

Unsure 1997* - 1997*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Faraz Qeshm Airline  updated

Renamed 1993* - 1996

^ Comments : Faraz Qeshm Airline was founded in 1993 & renamed to Qeshm Air in 1996

^ Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air

^ Airline Code :  

Fars Air Qeshm   

Inactive 2006 - 2013

^ Comments : Fars Air Qeshm was established in 2003 & started operations on 06Jul2006. It ceased operations in 2013 after having its remaining two aircraft grounded

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : QE : QFZ

Fly Miran  added

Active 2015* - date

^ Comments : Fly Miran is a virtual carrier operating out of Erbil International (EBL)

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Fly Qeshm  updated

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Fly Qeshm is a new joint airline between private investors in Iran and China. It intended to start later in 2016. Still appears to be starting but in 2017

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Hesa Airlines   

Renamed 2011 - 2014

^ Comments : Hesa Airlines was an internal division of the aircraft manufacturer HESA

^ Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines

^ Airline Code : H8 : SPN

Hoor Asseman  updated

Renamed 1980* - 1980

^ Comments : [Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines (AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARIS AIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN). Operations started on 30Jun1980. Domestic and international scheduled and charter airline]

^ Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service >Iran Aseman Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Hormoz Airlines  added

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Hormoz Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Bandar Abbas International (BND)

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Ilam Air   

Unsure 2004* - 2005*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRY

IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Aviation Services)   

Renamed 1990* - 1997

^ Comments : Domestic cargo services for the Iranian Postal Services out of Tehran Mehrabad

^ Genealogy : IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Avn Sevices) >Payam Air

^ Airline Code :  

Iran AirTours   

Active 1990 - date

^ Comments : Iran Air Tours, subsiduary of Iran Air formed for charter operations, mostly pilgramage flights. Although formed in 1973 airline did not start operating until 30Jun1990

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : B9 : IRB

Iran Aseman Airlines  updated

Active 1980 - date

^ Comments : Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines (AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARIS AIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN). Operations started on 30Jun1980. Domestic and international scheduled and charter airline

^ Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines

^ Airline Code : EP : IRC

Iran National Airlines Corporation   

Renamed 1962 - 1980

^ Comments : Iran National Airlines Corporation was formed by PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways on 24Dec1962 & started operations on 15Apr1962 [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code :  

IranAir (HOMA) (The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran)   

Active 1980 - date

^ Comments : IranAir was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) on 24Feb1961 [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code : IR : IRA

Iranian Air Transport Company (IATC)  updated

Renamed 1992 - 2009

^ Comments : Iranian Naft Airlines was founded by the state-owned National Iranian Oil as Iranian Air Transport Company in 1992. Domestic and regional charter carrier out of Ahwaz

^ Genealogy : Iranian Air Transport Company >Iranian Naft Airlines

^ Airline Code : RG : IRG

Iranian Airlines  updated

Not started (2009)

^ Comments : [Saha Airlines was formed in 1990 & operations started on 30Jun1990. Itcwas renamed to Iranian Airlines in 2009 but prior to starting operations, back to Saha Airlines. It was eventually suspended on 03May2013. International and domestic charter airline out of Tehran Mehrabad]

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

^ Airline Code : -- : IRZ

Iranian Airways   

Renamed 1946 - 1961

^ Comments : Iranian Airways was formed in 1946. Eagle Airlines merged in in 1949. PAS merged with Iranian Airways to form United Iranian Airlines on 24Feb1961 [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code :  

Iranian Naft Airlines   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments : Iranian Naft Airlines was founded by the state-owned National Iranian Oil as Iranian Air Transport Company in 1992 & renamed in 2004

^ Genealogy : Iranian Air Transport Company >Iranian Naft Airlines

^ Airline Code : NV : IRG

Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram   

Inactive 1938 - 1946

^ Comments : Iranian State Airlines scheduled services started on 15Mar1938

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Izan Air   

Not started (2008*)

^ Comments : Izan Air intended to be Iran's first low-cost carrier

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Jam Airlines  added

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : Jam Airlines is a proposed scheduled carrier out of Kangan Jam (KNR)

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Kish Air   

Active 1989 - date

^ Comments : Kish Air was established by the Kish Free Zone Organization on 16Dec1989 & operations started on 30Jun1989. Based on Kish Island, off the coast of Iran and operating scheduled and charter services

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : Y9 : IRK

Mahan Air   

Active 1992 - date

^ Comments : Mahan Air was founded in 1991 & started operations in Jun1992 as Iran's first private airline

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : W5 : IRM

Meraj Air   

Active 2010* - date

^ Comments : Meraj Airlines is a private and the first VIP Airlines in Iran. Scheduled commercial destination started as of Jan2016

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : IJ : MRJ

Mohann Air   

Unsure 2001* - 2001*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Nasim Air  updated

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Nasim Air was intending to commence services in early 2016 but now will start in 2017

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Navid Air   

Unsure **** - ****

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRI

North Star Maritime  updated

Inactive 1977 - 1977

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Pariz Air   

Inactive 1997* - 2001

^ Comments : Pariz Air was founded in 1997

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRE

Pars Air   

Renamed 1970* - 1980

^ Comments : Pars Air was founded in 1970 [Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines (AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARIS AIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN). Operations started on 30Jun1980. Domestic and international scheduled and charter airline]

^ Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines

^ Airline Code :  

Pars Air  updated

Inactive 2006 - 2008

^ Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

^ Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air

^ Airline Code :  

Pars Air  added

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Pars Air was founded in 2016

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

PAS (Persian Air Services)   

Renamed 1955 - 1961

^ Comments : PAS was founded in 1954. Started as a cargo carrier and moved into passengers. PAS merged with Iranian Airways to form United Iranian Airlines on 24Feb1961 [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code :  

Pasargad Airlines  updated

Inactive 2009 - 2011

^ Comments : Pasargad Airlines was privately owned charter and schedule flight operator

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Payam Air (Payam Aviation Services)   

Active 1997 - date

^ Comments : Payam Air was formed in 1996. Domestic cargo services for the Iranian Postal Services out of Tehran Mehrabad

^ Genealogy : IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Avn Sevices) >Payam Air

^ Airline Code : 2F : IRP

Photros Air   

Inactive 2006 - 2007

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : KHP

Pouya Air Lines  updated

Active 2008 - date

^ Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

^ Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air

^ Airline Code : -- : PYA

Qeshm Air  updated

Active 1996 - date

^ Comments : Faraz Qeshm Airline was founded in 1993 & renamed to Qeshm Air in 1996

^ Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air

^ Airline Code : -- : IRQ

Saffatt Airlines   

Active 1998* - date

^ Comments : Saffatt Airlines ceased operations bteween 2000 & Dec2008

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRV

Safiran Air Lines  updated

Inactive 1990 - 2013

^ Comments : Safiran Air Lines was formed in 1988 & started operations in 1990. International and regional cargo charter airline specialising in outsize loads.

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : SFN

Saha Airlines  updated

Inactive 1990 - 2009

^ Comments : [Saha Airlines was formed in 1990 & operations started on 30Jun1990. Itcwas renamed to Iranian Airlines in 2009 but prior to starting operations, back to Saha Airlines. It was eventually suspended on 03May2013. International and domestic charter airline out of Tehran Mehrabad]

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

^ Airline Code : -- : IRZ

Saha Airlines  updated

Inactive 2010 - 2013

^ Comments : Saha Airlines was formed in 1990 & operations started on 30Jun1990. Itcwas renamed to Iranian Airlines in 2009 but prior to starting operations, back to Saha Airlines. It was eventually suspended on 03May2013. International and domestic charter airline out of Tehran Mehrabad

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

^ Airline Code : -- : IRZ

Sahand Airlines   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : DH : IRS

Sepahan Airlines   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Sepahan Airlines is internal division of the aircraft manufacturer HESA

^ Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines

^ Airline Code : H8 : SPN

Sepehran Airways  updated

Active 2017 - date

^ Comments : Sepehran Airways commenced operations in Jan2017

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Shahin Air   

Not started (2012)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Simorgh Airlines   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

TA Air (TA-Air)   

Unsure 2004* - 2005*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRF

Taban Air  updated

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Taban Air was established in 2005 and started operations in 2006. Taban Air was founded by Captain Asghar Abdollahpour with its main operational base in Mashhad

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : HH : TBM

Taftan Air   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Taftan Air offers regional services from the Chabahar Free Zone of southeaster Iran. Ceased operations in 2006 but restarted in 2014

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : SBT

Tara Airlines   

Inactive **** - ****

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : IRR

Tehran Airlines   

Inactive 2001* - 2002

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : THR

Tehran Airlines  updated

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Tehran Airlines which has been in the planning stage since 2013 is intending to start operations in Mar2016 with 4 A.340s and 7 A.321s. Now 2017?

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Tehran Airways   

Unsure 2001* - 2001*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

United Iranian Airlines   

Renamed 1961 - 1962

^ Comments : PAS merged with Iranian Airways to form United Iranian Airlines on 24Feb1961 [IranAir (Iran National Airlines) was renamed from United Iranian Airlines which had been formed by merger of Iranian Airways & PAS (Persian Air Services) but only for a short time. Renamed to Iran National Airlines in 1962 and to IranAir after Independence. Also known as HOMA, which is the Farsi name]

^ Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir

^ Airline Code :  

Yas Air  updated

Renamed 2007 - 2012

^ Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

^ Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air

^ Airline Code : -- : MHD

Zagros Airlines  updated

Active 2006* - date

^ Comments : Zagros Airlines was founded in 2005 in Abadan

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : ZV : IZG