Mahan Airlines, doing business as Mahan Air is a private airline based in the Mahan Air Tower in Tehran, Iran. Its main base is Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, Iran. It is owned by Mol-Al-Movahedin Organisation (96%). It holds 13% of all international flights from Iran, and 8% of the domestic market.
The airline was established in 1991 and began operations in 1992 as Iran"s first private airline. It joined the IATA in 2001. At its operational launch in May 1993, Mahan Air fleet consisted of two Tupolev 154 aircraft, with a staff of 99 and a route network from Tehran to two domestic destinations. Growth was initiated with the addition of Airbus A300 wide-body aircraft to the fleet in 1999 and the Airbus A310 in 2001. This enabled the airline to reach beyond the regional destinations it served.
Its route network now spans 28 destinations in 12 countries, with scheduled domestic services and international flights mainly to Asia, including the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and also Europe. Asian destinations include Kazahhstan, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cyprus, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE. European destinations consist of Germany and Turkey.
Due to the sanctions imposed by the US government, Iranian airlines can only acquire aircraft which are at least seven years old and have been purchased through a third party rather than directly from Boeing or Airbus. The Mahan Air fleet includes the following aircrafts: 3 Airbus A300B2, 1 Airbus A300B4-100, 2 Airbus A300B4-200, 13 Airbus A300-600, 9 Airbus A310-300, 2 Boeing 747-300 Combi and 3 Boeing 747-400.
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