Mahan Air (Tehran) has become a new Airbus A340-600 operator. The pictured ex HiFly Airbus A340-642 EP-MMH (msn 391) ferried to Tehran on May 8, 2015 and is now in service. The airline is planning to add seven stretched Airbus A340s according to ch-aviation. The date of introduction is unknown.
The carrier has recently been expanding its international network. The carrier has recently added Bahrain (May 14), Moscow (Vnukovo) (May 28), St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) (June 4), Athens (June 14), Milan (Malpensa) (June 17) and Sochi (June 23), all from Tehran (Khomeini).
Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. EP-MMH visits Athens, one of the new destinations.
Mahan Air (Tehran) on March 11 started operating twice-weekly flights on the Tehran-Munich route. Munich is the second destination in Germany after Düsseldorf (above). Mahan Air’s Munich flights are operating on Sundays and Wednesdays with Airbus A310s.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Mahan Air Airbus A310-304 F-OJHH (msn 586) taxies at Dusseldorf (DUS).
Previously on November 4, Mahan Air celebrated the launch of scheduled flights from Tehran to Beijing nonstop service linking the capitals of Iran and People’s Republic of China and marking the carrier’s 14th international destination. It is also the airline’s first regular flight to China.
The thrice weekly flights are operating via 299-seat Airbus A340-300 in two class configuration. Beijing is Mahan Air’s third new international route after Yerevan and Shiraz to Dubai which were inaugurated in summer 2014.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Mahan Air’s Airbus A310-304 EP-MNF (msn 547) arrives in Bangkok.
Mahan Air (Tehran) has been hit with sanctions issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The airline has denied the charges and will seek help from others to combat the new sanctions.
Here is the statement issued by the Treasury:
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the designation of Iranian commercial airline Mahan Air pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for providing financial, material and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Based in Tehran, Mahan Air provides transportation, funds transfers and personnel travel services to the IRGC-QF.
Mahan Air provided travel services to IRGC-QF personnel flown to and from Iran and Syria for military training. Mahan Air also facilitated the covert travel of suspected IRGC-QF officers into and out of Iraq by bypassing normal security procedures and not including information on flight manifests to eliminate records of the IRGC-QF travel.
Mahan Air crews have facilitated IRGC-QF arms shipments. Funds were also transferred via Mahan Air for the procurement of controlled goods by the IRGC-QF.
In addition to the reasons for which Mahan Air is being designated, Mahan Air also provides transportation services to Hizballah, a Lebanon-based designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Mahan Air has transported personnel, weapons and goods on behalf of Hizballah and omitted from Mahan Air cargo manifests secret weapons shipments bound for Hizballah.
As a result of the action, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in commercial or financial transactions with Mahan Air and any assets it may hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.”
Copyright Photo: Jens Polster. Please click on the photo for additional details on this airline.