Iran Aseman Airlines
Iran Aseman Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
EP IRC ASSMAN
Founded1970; 52 years ago (1970)
as Air Taxi
Commenced operations1980; 42 years ago (1980)
as Iran Aseman Airlines
Hubs
Focus cities
Fleet size20
Destinations50
Parent companyIranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company
HeadquartersMehrabad International Airport, Tehran, Iran
Key people
  • Capt Abouzar Shiroudi (CEO)[1]
EmployeesAbout 4000
Websitewww.iaa.ir

Iran Aseman Airlines (Persian: هواپیمایی آسمان, Hevapimaii-ye Âsiman) is the third-largest Iranian airline headquartered in Tehran. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services.

History

The airline was established and started operating in 1980. The airline's historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which was rebranded as Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines.[2] In March 2007, it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.

In July 2016, the CEO of the airline was issued an arrest warrant because of an alleged sum of approximately $37 million in public debts to Iran Airports & Air Navigation Company.[3]

In February 2017, it emerged that Aseman Airlines was in talks with an Irish firm to lease seven Airbus A320neos.[4] In April 2017, the airline signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with options for another 30 aircraft.[5] In June 2017, Iran Aseman Airlines signed a final deal to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.[6] In June 2018, Boeing announced it would not be able to deliver any aircraft to Iranian airlines due to the US's sanctions against Iran.[7]

On 13 January 2019, the airline operated the last Boeing 727 commercial passenger flight worldwide.[8][9]

The airline is currently banned from operating in the airspace of the European Union for "failing to meet [safety-related] regulatory oversight standards of the EU".[10][11]

Destinations

Main article: List of Iran Aseman Airlines destinations

Fleet

An Iran Aseman Airlines ATR 72-500
An Iran Aseman Airlines ATR 72-500

Current fleet

As of August 2019, Iran Aseman Airlines operated the following fleet:[12]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 6 156
164
Airbus A340-300 1 257
ATR 72-200 1 70
ATR72-500 2 70
Boeing 737-400 4 144
Fokker 100 8 100 [13]
Total 20 0

Former fleet

Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 72 3 1993 2018 1 Crashed as Flight 3704
Boeing 727-200 4 1998 2019 Last commercial operator of the Boeing 727

Accidents and incidents

See also

References

  1. ^ Bozorgmehr Sharafedin (10 June 2017), David Clarke (ed.), "Iran's Aseman signs final deal for 30 Boeing 737s: IRNA", Reuters, retrieved 2 November 2017
  2. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Iran > Air Taxi Co". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/5663910/حکم-جلب-مدیرعامل-شرکت-هواپیمایی-آسمان-صادر-شد
  4. ^ "Iran Aseman Airlines set to lease seven A320neo". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. ^ "News Releases/Statements". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Iran's Aseman signs final deal for 30 Boeing 737s: IRNA". Reuters. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Boeing says it will not deliver any aircraft to Iran". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  8. ^ Guy, Jack (2019-01-22). "Last ever Boeing 727 passenger jet bows out". CNN Travel. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  9. ^ "The last Boeing 727 passenger flight..." January 16, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "L_2005344EN.01001501.xml". eur-lex.europa.eu. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "List of airlines banned within the EU". Mobility and Transport - European Commission. September 22, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 17.
  13. ^ "Production List Search". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  14. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 600 EP-ANA Ramsar Airport (RZR)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  15. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-28 Fellowship 1000 EP-PAV Natanz". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  16. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 EP-PAU Ahvaz Airport (AWZ)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  17. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 EP-ASL Tabriz Airport (TBZ)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Plane Skids off Runway in Northwestern Iran". Fars News Agency. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  19. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Fokker 100 EP-ASZ Zahedan Airport (ZAH)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  20. ^ "'No survivors' in Iranian plane crash". BBC News. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.

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