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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

 

04Oct2017

IranAir has declared that its point-to-point operation will be known as as IranAir Regional [added] and will utilise ATR72-600s

05Sep2017

Iranian Naft Airlines [status change] rebranded to Karun Airlines [added] in Sep2017

04Aug 2017 

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

Aban Air  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2007
Airline Code : K5 : ABE
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Air Service  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1962* - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines
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]

Air Taxi  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1958* - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines
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]

Aram Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2000* - 2002
Airline Code : -- : IRW
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Aria Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001 - 2015*
Airline Code : -- : IRX
Genealogy : Aria Air Tours >Aria Air
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

Aria Air Tours   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2000 - 2001
Airline Code : -- : IRX
Genealogy : Aria Air Tours >Aria Air
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

Arsh Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2007* - 2008*
Airline Code : -- : ARS
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Arvand Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

1998* - date
Airline Code : -- : IRD
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Arvand Airlines was formed in 1998

ATA Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

2010 - date
Airline Code : -- : TBZ
Genealogy : Nil tree
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.

Atlas Air (Atlas Aviation)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1995* - 2002
Airline Code : -- : IRH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Atlas Air was formed in 1995

Atrak Air  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Bon Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1992* - 1998
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bon Air was formed in 1992

Bonyad Airlines (Bon Air)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1997 - 1998
Airline Code : -- : IRJ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Bonyad Airlines was formed by Bonyad Mostazafan in 1992

Caspian Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

1993 - date
Airline Code : RV : CPN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Caspian Airlines was established in 1993 with operations starting on 15Sep1993

Chabahar Air  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

1999 - 2012
Airline Code : -- : IRU
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Chabahar Air was a passenger carrier with it's main base at Mehrabad Airport

Eagle Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1948* - 1949
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Eagle Airlines >>Iranian Airways + PAS =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

Eram Air  updated in 2017

Status : Restarting

Dates :

2005 - 2013
Airline Code : YV : ERV
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Eram Air commenced operations in Dec2005. Ceased operations in 2013 but is still hoping to restart (Local charter services out of Tabriz)

Esquith Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1997* - 1997*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Faraz Qeshm Airline  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1993* - 1996
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air
Comments : Faraz Qeshm Airline was founded in 1993 & renamed to Qeshm Air in 1996

Fars Air Qeshm   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2013
Airline Code : QE : QFZ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Fars Air Qeshm was established in 2003 & started operations on 06Jul2006. It ceased operations in 2013 after having its remaining two aircraft grounded

Fly Miran  added in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2015* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Fly Miran is a virtual carrier operating out of Erbil International (EBL)

Fly Qeshm  updated in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Hesa Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2011 - 2014
Airline Code : H8 : SPN
Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines
Comments : Hesa Airlines was an internal division of the aircraft manufacturer HESA

Hoor Asseman  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1980* - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service >Iran Aseman Airlines
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]

Hormoz Airlines  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Hormoz Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier based out of Bandar Abbas International (BND)

Ilam Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2005*
Airline Code : -- : IRY
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Aviation Services)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1990* - 1997
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Avn Sevices) >Payam Air
Comments : Domestic cargo services for the Iranian Postal Services out of Tehran Mehrabad

Iran AirTours   

Status : Active

Dates :

1990 - date
Airline Code : B9 : IRB
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Iran Aseman Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

1980 - date
Airline Code : EP : IRC
Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines
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

Iran National Airlines Corporation   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1962 - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

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

Status : Active

Dates :

1980 - date
Airline Code : IR : IRA
Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

IranAir Regional  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

 
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : IranAir has declared that its point-to-point operation will be known as as IranAir Regional and will utilise ATR72-600s

Iranian Air Transport Company (IATC)  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1992 - 2009
Airline Code : RG : IRG
Genealogy : Iranian Air Transport Company >Iranian Naft Airlines
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

Iranian Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2009)
Airline Code : -- : IRZ
Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines
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]

Iranian Airways   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1946 - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

Iranian Naft Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2004 - 2017
Airline Code : NV : IRG
Genealogy : Iranian Air Transport Company >Iranian Naft Airlines >Karun Airlines
Comments : Iranian Naft Airlines was founded by the state-owned National Iranian Oil as Iranian Air Transport Company in 1992 & renamed in 2004. Rebranded to Karun Airlines in Sep2017

Iranian Naft Airlines  added in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2017 - date
Airline Code : NV : IRG
Genealogy : Iranian Air Transport Company >Iranian Naft Airlines >Karun Airlines
Comments :  

Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1938 - 1946
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Iranian State Airlines scheduled services started on 15Mar1938

Izan Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2008*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Izan Air intended to be Iran's first low-cost carrier

Jam Airlines  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2018 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Jam Airlines is a proposed scheduled carrier out of Kangan Jam (KNR)

Kish Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

1989 - date
Airline Code : Y9 : IRK
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Mahan Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

1992 - date
Airline Code : W5 : IRM
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Mahan Air was founded in 1991 & started operations in Jun1992 as Iran's first private airline

Meraj Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2010* - date
Airline Code : IJ : MRJ
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Meraj Airlines is a private and the first VIP Airlines in Iran. Scheduled commercial destination started as of Jan2016

Mohann Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2001* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Nasim Air  updated in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Nasim Air was intending to commence services in early 2016 but now will start in 2017

Navid Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : IRI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

North Star Maritime  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1977 - 1977
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Pariz Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1997* - 2001
Airline Code : -- : IRE
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Pariz Air was founded in 1997

Pars Air   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1970* - 1980
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Taxi + Hoor Asseman + Pars Air + Air Service =>Iran Aseman Airlines
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]

Pars Air  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2008
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air
Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

Pars Air  added in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Pars Air was founded in 2016

PAS (Persian Air Services)   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1955 - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

Pasargad Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2009 - 2011
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Pasargad Airlines was privately owned charter and schedule flight operator

Payam Air (Payam Aviation Services)   

Status : Active

Dates :

1997 - date
Airline Code : 2F : IRP
Genealogy : IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Avn Sevices) >Payam Air
Comments : Payam Air was formed in 1996. Domestic cargo services for the Iranian Postal Services out of Tehran Mehrabad

Photros Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2007
Airline Code : -- : KHP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Pouya Air Lines  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : -- : PYA
Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air
Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

Qeshm Air  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

1996 - date
Airline Code : -- : IRQ
Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air
Comments : Faraz Qeshm Airline was founded in 1993 & renamed to Qeshm Air in 1996

Saffatt Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

1998* - date
Airline Code : -- : IRV
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Saffatt Airlines ceased operations bteween 2000 & Dec2008

Safiran Air Lines  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1990 - 2013
Airline Code : -- : SFN
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Safiran Air Lines was formed in 1988 & started operations in 1990. International and regional cargo charter airline specialising in outsize loads.

Saha Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1990 - 2009
Airline Code : -- : IRZ
Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines
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]

Saha Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2010 - 2013
Airline Code : -- : IRZ
Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines
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

Sahand Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

2011 - date
Airline Code : DH : IRS
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Sepahan Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

2014 - date
Airline Code : H8 : SPN
Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines
Comments : Sepahan Airlines is internal division of the aircraft manufacturer HESA

Sepehran Airways  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2017 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Sepehran Airways commenced operations in Jan2017

Shahin Air   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2012)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Simorgh Airlines   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2005)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

TA Air (TA-Air)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2005*
Airline Code : -- : IRF
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Taban Air  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : HH : TBM
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Taftan Air   

Status : Active

Dates :

2003 - date
Airline Code : -- : SBT
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Taftan Air offers regional services from the Chabahar Free Zone of southeaster Iran. Ceased operations in 2006 but restarted in 2014

Tara Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : IRR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Tehran Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001* - 2002
Airline Code : -- : THR
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Tehran Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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?

Tehran Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2001* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

United Iranian Airlines   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1961 - 1962
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : PAS (Persian Air Services) + Iranian Airways =>United Iranian Airlines >Iran National Airlines >IranAir
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]

Yas Air  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2007 - 2012
Airline Code : -- : MHD
Genealogy : Pars Air >Yas Air >Pouya Air
Comments : Pars Air was renamed to Yas Air. Pouya Air Lines was founded & began operations in 2008 after renamed from Pars Air

Zagros Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2006* - date
Airline Code : ZV : IZG
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Zagros Airlines was founded in 2005 in Abadan