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Iran Air

Iran Air

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 9, 2013

Iran Air is the flagship airline of Iran. Its acronym Homa is derived from two sources: the initial letters of the name in Persian and representation of a griffin of the Persian mythology. The airline operates scheduled services to 39 destinations and charter flights to five destinations. The airline’s hub is in the Imam Khomeini International Airport for domestic flights – since 2007, and Mehrabad International Airport, both in Tehran.

In 1946, a group of entrepreneurs formed the first flagship airline of Iran under the name of Iranian Airways Company. Operations covered domestic and regional destinations, and cargo services, in addition to a weekly service of cargo transportation to Europe. On February 24th 1962, Iranian Airways and PAS merged to form Iran National Airlines Corporation, known as the airline’s current name. By the mid-1970s, the airline was serving several major cities of Europe, with nonstop flights or with a single scale for example, had more than 30 weekly flights to London.

By the end of 1972, Iran Air was one of the most rapidly growing airlines in the world, and one of the most profitable. In 1976, the airline was in second place, behind QANTAS from Australia, as the world’s most secure airline, there have been no accidents during at least 10 consecutive years. Although both airlines had no accidents, the airline ranked second only because it had fewer flight hours in comparison with QANTAS.

In May 1975, the route Teheran- London-New York was inaugurated with Boeing 707, replaced by the Boeing 747 and 747SP.  By the end of 1978, the airline was serving thirty-one international destinations that connected cities as far away as New York, Tokyo and Beijing.

Enough about history, let’s talk about the services this airline offers. Some passengers have special preferences regarding their on-board meals and that is why the airline’s catering offers a number of special meals on the global flights. The preparation of such meals carry out the requirements of religious convictions, vegetarian principles or medically prescribed diets. Individual meals may be ordered up to 48 hours before the flight departure. By calling the airline’s reservation call center, passengers can easily speak about their request if they forgot to do so upon flight reservations.

In flights in which the airline offers special Homa Class seats (for first class passengers), unique services are provided for Homa Class passengers, that include catering services which are served in accordance with distinct standards. If compared with daily services, Homa Class catering services offer unique and distinct services. The particular variety and quality of these services enjoy some of the best tastes and designs. Getting services in porcelain dishes, choosing food from the menu, receiving flowers, saffron, and gift bags are among the instances of services which Homa Class passengers might receive during their flights.

Registered head office and customer service contact details for this airline:


Iranair H.Q

Mehrabad Airport

P.O.Box 13185-775


Tel: 98(21)46624255

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  • anatovar
    December 15, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I flew Iran Air from Shiraz to Tehran, reserved an hour before the scheduled departure. After registering and going to the door, I was called by the speaker to register again. The check in staff was easygoing and friendly. The flight was punctual, the plane was clean, it was a new (for Iran, anyway) A320 and a substantial appetizer was provided. Good space for the legs and the staff were friendly and accommodating. My powers of deduction tell me that the majority of the airlines in Iran have a habit of canceling flights under-booked and combining them together. Over all a good experience.

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