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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

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March 22, 2017One Chabahar Air deleted because of duplication [deleted] & the remaining is still active [status change]
March 21, 2017Faraz Qeshm Airline was founded in 1993 & renamed to Qeshm Air in 1996. It is still operating [status change]
March 21, 2017Pars Air was founded in 2016 & hopes to commence operations in 2017  [added]
March 21, 2017Pasargad Airlines was privately owned charter and schedule flight operator that operated 2009-2011 [status change]

Airline

Operating DatesStatus

Aban Air   

2006 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments : Aban Air launched cargo charters between Tehran and Dubai in May2006

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Air Service   

1962* - 1980Renamed

^ Comments : Air Service was founded in 1962

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

Air Taxi   

1958* - 1980Renamed

^ Comments : Air Taxi was founded in 1958

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

Aram Air   

2000* - 2002Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Aria Air   

2001 - 2015*Inactive

^ 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

Aria Air Tours   

2000 - 2001Renamed

^ 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

Arsh Air   

2007* - 2008*Status?

^ Comments :  

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Arvand Airlines   

1998* - dateActive

^ Comments : Arvand Airlines was formed in 1998

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ATA Airlines   

2010 - dateActive

^ 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.

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Atlas Air (Atlas Aviation)   

1995* - 2002Inactive

^ Comments : Atlas Air was formed in 1995

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Atrak Air  updated

2013 - dateActive

^ 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

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Bon Air   

1992* - 1998Inactive

^ Comments : Bon Air was formed in 1992

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Bonyad Airlines (Bon Air)   

1997 - 1998Inactive

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

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Caspian Airlines   

1993 - dateActive

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

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Chabahar Air  updated

1999 - 2012Active

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

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Eagle Airlines   

1948* - 1949Renamed

^ 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

Eram Air   

2005 - dateActive

^ Comments :  

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Esquith Air   

1997* - 1997*Status?

^ Comments :  

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Faraz Qeshm Airline  updated

1993* - 1996Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air

Fars Air Qeshm   

2006 - 2013Inactive

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

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Fly Qeshm   

(2016)Began?

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

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Hesa Airlines   

2011 - 2014Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines

Hoor Asseman   

1980* - 1980Renamed

^ Comments :  

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

Ilam Air   

2004* - 2005*Status?

^ Comments :  

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IPTAS (Iranian Post & Telecom Aviation Services)   

1990* - 1997Renamed

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

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

Iran Air Tours   

1990 - dateActive

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

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Iran Aseman Airlines   

1980 - dateActive

^ Comments : Iran Aseman Airlines was formed after the revolution in 1980, on 26Jun1980 by merger of 4 airlines. Operations started on 30Jun1980

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

Iran National Airlines Corporation   

1962 - 1980Renamed

^ 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

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

1980 - dateActive

^ 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

Iranian Air Transport Company (IATC)  updated

1992 - 2009Renamed

^ 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

Iranian Airlines  updated

(2009)Began?

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

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

Iranian Airways   

1946 - 1961Renamed

^ 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

Iranian Naft Airlines   

2004 - dateActive

^ 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

Iranian State Airlines of the Ministry of Post and Telegram   

1938 - 1946Inactive

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

^ Genealogy :  

Izan Air   

(2008*)Began?

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

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Kish Air   

1989 - dateActive

^ 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

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Mahan Air   

1992 - dateActive

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

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Meraj Air   

2010* - dateActive

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

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Mohann Air   

2001* - 2001*Status?

^ Comments :  

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Nasim Air   

(2016)Began?

^ Comments : Nasim Air is intending to commence services in early 2016

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Navid Air   

**** - ****Status?

^ Comments :  

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North Star Maritime   

**** - ****Status?

^ Comments :  

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Pariz Air   

1997* - 2001Inactive

^ Comments : Pariz Air was founded in 1997

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Pars Air   

1970* - 1980Renamed

^ Comments : Pars Air was founded in 1970 IRAN ASSEMAN was founded after the revolution in 1980, on the nationalisation and merger of four operators: AIR TAXI (1958>), AIR SERVICE (1962*>), PARSAIR (1969*>) and HOOR ASSEMAN. Domestic and international charter airline.

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

Pars Air  updated

2006 - 2008Inactive

^ 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

Pars Air  added

2017 >Planned

^ Comments : Pars Air was founded in 2016

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PAS (Persian Air Services)   

1955 - 1961Renamed

^ 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

Pasargad Airlines  updated

2009 - 2011Inactive

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

^ Genealogy :  

Payam Air (Payam Aviation Services)   

1997 - dateActive

^ 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

Photros Air   

2006 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pouya Air Lines  updated

2008 - dateActive

^ 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

Qeshm Air  updated

1996 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Faraz Qeshm Air >Qeshm Air

Saffatt Airlines   

1998* - dateActive

^ Comments : Saffatt Airlines ceased operations bteween 2000 & Dec2008

^ Genealogy :  

Safiran Air Lines  updated

1990 - 2013Inactive

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

^ Genealogy :  

Saha Airlines  updated

1990 - 2009Inactive

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

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

Saha Airlines  updated

2010 - 2013Inactive

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

^ Genealogy : Saha Airlines >Iranian Airlines >Saha Airlines

Sahand Airlines   

2011 - dateActive

^ Comments :  

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Sepahan Airlines   

2014 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Hesa Airlines >Sepahan Airlines

Sepehran Airways  updated

2017 - dateActive

^ Comments : Sepehran Airways commenced operations in Jan2017

^ Genealogy :  

Shahin Air   

(2012)Began?

^ Comments :  

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Simorgh Airlines   

(2005)Began?

^ Comments :  

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TA Air (TA-Air)   

2004* - 2005*Status?

^ Comments :  

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Taban Air  updated

2006 - dateActive

^ 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 :  

Taftan Air   

2003 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy :  

Tara Airlines   

**** - ****Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Tehran Air   

(2016)Began?

^ Comments :  

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Tehran Airlines   

(2016)Began?

^ 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

^ Genealogy :  

Tehran Airlines   

2001* - 2002Inactive

^ Comments :  

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Tehran Airways   

2001* - 2001*Status?

^ Comments :  

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United Iranian Airlines   

1961 - 1962Renamed

^ 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

Yas Air  updated

2007 - 2012Renamed

^ 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

Zagros Airlines  updated

2006* - dateActive

^ Comments : Zagros Airlines was founded in 2005 in Abadan

^ Genealogy :