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D-AIKS, the Airbus A330-300 which returned to Frankfurt while en route to Tehran on Jan. 9, 2020 seen pushing back from its gate in Austin. (Photo: Saul Hannibal | @ausspotting)

Lufthansa Cancels, Reinstates, Then Reroutes Tehran Flight

Following the historic Iran nuclear deal, airlines around the world flocked to restart service to the nation’s capital. As the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran in late 2018, airlines such as British Airways, Air France and Alitalia pulled their Tehran routes. Some airlines such as KLM pulled out due to negative financial results while others such as Aegean Airlines blamed foreign exchange bank restrictions that affected the viability of the route. One airline that has weathered the political uncertainty of…

Ukranian 737 Crashes After Departing Tehran

A Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed just minutes after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran early Wednesday morning. Flight PS752 departed Tehran’s largest airport at 6:12 a.m. Iran Standard Time. The last ADS-B data was received from the aircraft just two minutes later at 6:14 a.m. according…

Exclusive: Last Commercially Operating Boeing 747SP Flown to Retirement in…

Iran’s history of turbulent relations with Western nations has greatly impacted its aviation industry and forced aging aircraft to continue flying as newer replacements were unobtainable. As a result, aviation enthusiasts from around the world frequently gather in Tehran to fly on some of the oldest and rarest aircraft still…