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Iran Aseman Airlines

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Iran Aseman Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1970; 54 years ago (1970)
as Air Taxi
Commenced operations1980; 44 years ago (1980)
as Iran Aseman Airlines
Fleet size13
Parent companyIranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company
HeadquartersMehrabad International Airport, Tehran, Iran
Key people
  • Capt Hassan Ghasemi (CEO)[1]
EmployeesAbout 4000

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


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 as 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.

The logo of Aseman Airlines is navy blue and is inspired by a flying Crane (Dorna). In August 2014, Iran Aseman Airlines made changed the combination of its logo and livery to the current version. The design was prepared by a designer from Mashhad named Saeed Khosrovan, and was soon implemented on all aircraft operated by the airline.

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]


An Iran Aseman Airlines ATR 72-500

Current fleet[edit]

As of April 2023, Iran Aseman Airlines operates the following fleet:[12]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A340-300 1 257
ATR 72-200 1 70
ATR 72-500 2 70
Boeing 737-400 4 144
Fokker 100 5 100 [13]
Total 13 0

Former fleet[edit]

Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A320-200 6 2014 2021 All planes grounded because the airline couldn't buy new V2500 engines for A320's because of sanctions.[citation needed]
ATR 72 3 1993 2018 1 Crashed as Flight 3704
Boeing 727-200 4 1998 2019 Last commercial passenger operator of the Boeing 727

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 4 October 1990, an Iran Aseman Fokker F27 Friendship (registration EP-ANA) overran the runway upon landing at Ramsar Airport and came to rest at a concrete wall 100 metres behind the runway. There were no fatalities among the 46 passengers and four crew members on board, and the aircraft was fully repaired.[14]
  • On 12 October 1994, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registration EP-PAV) en route from Isfahan to Tehran suffered a sudden loss of power in both engines at 23:05 local time, 35 minutes after take-off from Isfahan International Airport. The aircraft spiraled into an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and seven crew members on board.[15]
  • On 18 July 2000, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 775, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registration EP-PAU) en route from Tehran to Ahvaz, was damaged beyond repair when the pilot missed the runway upon a low-visibility landing attempt at Ahvaz Airport and instead touched down next to it. A successful go-around was executed, and there were no injuries among the 84 passengers and four crew members on board.[16]
  • On 26 August 2010, a Fokker 100 (registration EP-ASL) operating Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 773 from Tehran to Tabriz overran the runway upon landing at Tabriz International Airport and was substantially damaged when it plunged into a canal. Two out of the 103 passengers on board were injured, while none of the seven crew members were hurt.[17][18]
  • On 10 May 2014, a Fokker 100 (registration EP-ASZ), was damaged in a landing accident at Zahedan Airport (ZAH), Iran. The airplane operated Flight 853 from Mashhad Airport (MHD). According to local media, the left-hand main undercarriage failed to extend or lock prior to landing. A forced landing was carried out on runway 35. The airplane swerved to the left and came to rest 1450 meters (4760 feet) past the runway 35 threshold and 23 meters (75 feet) to the left of the centreline.[19]
  • On 18 February 2018, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704, an ATR 72-200 (registration EP-ATS) flying from Tehran to Yasuj, crashed into the Zagros Mountains, south of Isfahan after it disappeared from radar, 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad Airport.[20] All 66 people (60 passengers and six crew) were killed.

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "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". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. 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. Archived from the original on January 19, 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. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. 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.

External links[edit]

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