Manhan Air was founded in 1991 and began operating in 1992 as the first private airline of Iran. Entered in the IATA in 2001 and is owned by Mol-Al -Movahedin Organization (96%). It had 1,616 employees (as of March 2007). At the time it began operations in May 1993, the airline had a fleet of two Tupolev 154 to which was added an additional Airbus A300 in 1999 and an additional Airbus A310 in 2001. This fleet enabled the operation of all the regional routes of the time. Currently, its route network is composed of 28 destinations in 12 countries and has a fleet of 25 Airbus aircraft and Boeing 747. Currently operates the 13% of all international flights of Iran, and the 8% of the domestic market.
It is an airline of rapid growth, within Iran flies to 13 destinations from Tehran. These are Dezful, Esfahan, Mashhad, persons were arrested in Mahshahr, Assaluyeh, Shiraz, Kerman, Sirjan, Kish Island, Abbas Bander, Zabol, Zahedan and Iranshahr. Internationally important routes of Europe including Manchester, Birmingham and Düsseldorf to Tehran with good connections forward to Amritsar, Delhi, Cochin, and Lahore. The regional cities that it serves are Damascus, Jeddah, Bahrain, Sharjah, Dubai it also flies long distance services to Bangkok and Almaty. In the summer of 2009 exclusive flights Birmingham to Amritsar, begun.
This airline of Iran is truly an alternative and it is a good one. Iran as a country is rarely out of the news of the world, usually for the wrong reasons, but as an ancient country with a 6000 years of history and a unique place in the development of human civilization, it is certainly a country worth visiting. The airline is quickly becoming a world class company and is now available for online booking only through the airline’s web site.
Mahan Air operates with 25 aircraft, including 8 Airbus A300, A310 of 4, 3 of 3 A320 and Boeing 747.
According to the sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the United States and western governments, Iranian airlines may only acquire aircraft that have at least seven years and that have been purchased through a third party and not directly from Boeing or Airbus.
A former Airbus A320 of Mahan Air that has been sold to Iran Air
Three 747-400s according to the British high court illegally taken by Mahan of their true owners Blue Sky Airlines in 2008 using falsified invoices for sale. When ordered to return the plane to Europe, Manhan said apparently could not do that because they were being investigated by the Iranian authorities for fraud and the aircraft had to be maintained in Iran.