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The history of Iran Air

by Parastoo Sahebi
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Today, many international airlines are operating in Iran, among which the oldest one is Iran Air (Homa). This company has a global reputation and due to its extensive activities, the title of the fastest growing airline in the world has been assigned to it. Iran Air operates with the safest and most up-to-date airplanes on domestic and foreign routes, and its flights are particularly popular among people. Stay with us to learn more about this famous airline.

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Iran Air was created from the merger of Persian Air Service and Iranian Airways in March 1340. It was the oldest and the only airline in Iran and was able to obtain a monopoly on domestic flights. Homa started its flights using Douglas DC-3, Douglas DC-6, Vickers Viscount and Everyork planes and became a full member of IATA in 1342.

The first flight of this company was carried out in April 1341, and after that, the number of domestic and foreign flights gradually increased. The first flight of Homa with jet aircraft was carried out in 1344 using a Boeing 727-100 on the Tehran-Beirut route. The company then decided to convert its entire fleet to jet aircraft.

Its first foreign flight took place in 1354 from Tehran to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport by Boeing 707. Of course, this flight had a stop at Heathrow Airport in London.

The history of Iran Air: Iran Air before the Islamic Revolution

It is interesting to know that Iran Air airline was one of the most successful air transport companies in the world in the 40s.

At that time, Iran Air was trying to turn Iran into a cargo and passenger transit center by using Iran’s strategic location as a point between East and West.

When expensive Boeings entered Iran Air’s fleet, was a good time for Iran Air, and the peak of this happiness was seen a decade later; When in the fifties this airline had many non-stop flights to Europe. By adding Boeing 747SP long-range aircraft, Iran Air was able to create the longest non-stop airline in the world.

With the beginning of the 1350s, the golden age of Iran Air began. In 1355, after the Australian company Qantas, Homa was named the safest airline in the world. Before the Islamic revolution, the only accident in Homa was related to the crash of a Douglas DC-3 of this company in 1331. In 1356, Homa purchased 6 Airbus A-300 aircraft for domestic flights and high-traffic routes from the European company Airbus and was named the first operator of Airbus aircraft in the Middle East. At the end of this year, Iran Air had daily flights to more than 31 international destinations, from Beijing and Tokyo in the east to New York in the west. At the same time, Iran Air was launching new routes to Los Angeles and Sydney.

In the 50s, this airline was one of the most successful air transport companies in the world and had many daily non-stop flights to the European continent. As an example, it made more than 30 weekly flights on the Tehran-London route alone.

Airplane logo and design

Iran Air has a logo with the Homa bird symbol. The logo was designed in 1341 by a young designer named Edward Zahra Bayan, and although it has been made for many years, it still has a special place and is considered one of the best international brands.

In order to choose its logo, Homa Airlines published a competition ad in 1340 in the newspapers of Etelaat and Kayhan, where those interested in design can send their proposals for the Iran Air brand to the listed address so that one of them will be used as a logo.

Among all the submitted designs, Homa’s bird design was noticed more than the others. It is interesting to know that the Homa bird is a legendary bird in ancient Iran and Persepolis.

The history of Iran Air: Iran Air after the Islamic Revolution

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, this company continued its activities with the original name “Airplane of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and the abbreviated name “Homa”.

Due to international considerations, Iran Air faced the withdrawal of foreign specialist forces and the cancellation of some international flights. But in the years of the imposed war, despite all the pressures and threats, with the help of its capable and committed old forces and the use of local forces and also the training of the young and educated workforce, Iran Air was able to meet people’s needs and localize the knowledge of aircraft repair that was once only available to foreign specialists.

In the 70s, with the increase in the number of private companies, competitors for Iran Air emerged and caused this company to lose its monopoly for domestic and foreign flights. During the years of activity and competition with other companies, Iran Air achieved many successes and it is known as one of the most modern and profitable airline companies.

Iran Air in the present era

This company currently has numerous flights to 60 domestic and foreign destinations and its head office is located at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.

Iran Air’s domestic flights are operated by Mehrabad Airport and its international flights are operated by Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran.

According to ISNA, This company currently owns 43 Boeing, Airbus, and Fokker airplanes and provides its services to customers with these airplanes.

Based on the latest statistics, this company moves more than 6 million people to different parts of the world every year. Passengers can visit Eligasht website to purchase Iran Air tickets.

Conclusion The history of Iran Air

In this article, we made a brief review of the history of Iran’s national airline company, Iran Air. Due to the long history that Iran Air has in domestic and international flights, it is a well-known company for both Iranian and foreign passengers.

Increasing the quality of service is also the vision of this airline, which it has achieved in recent years. Currently, you can use the safe services of this airline for domestic flights and international flights to many Asian and European destinations.

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