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An aircraft similar to the one involved in the crash of flight PS752. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Iran Admits It ‘Unintentionally’ Shot Down Ukrainian 737 in Tehran

In a military statement publicized by its state media this Saturday, Iran admitted it "unintentionally" shot down the civilian 737-800 of Ukraine International Airlines in Tehran last Wednesday, reported the Associated Press. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1215845397614276611 According to the statement, reports the AP, the aircraft was mistaken as a so-called "hostile target" after turning towards a "sensitive military center" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, being the local military is at the “highest level of readiness." The incident happened hours after the Iranian retaliation…

U.S. Intelligence Alleges Ukraine International Flight Accidentally Shot Down

U.S. intelligence officials have revealed their belief that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which crashed moments after departing Tehran on Wednesday, was accidentally shot down by a Soviet-built surface-to-air missile operated by the Iranian military. The crash occurred soon after the Iranian military launched missiles at U.S. and coalition forces…

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…

Airlines Work to Avoid Iranian, Iraqi Airspace

The Middle Eastern political instability that has seen an uptick as a result of the United States' killing of Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Iraq is forcing some airlines to re-route flights around the two nations' airspace. According to the Associated Press, approximately 500 flights daily overfly…

Mahan Air 747 Re-Enters Service After Nine Years in Storage

Iran’s largest privately-owned airline recently reactivated an aircraft that was stored in 2010. Mahan Air’s EP-MNB performed a test flight on Aug. 27, 2019 according to ch-aviation and began commercial flights on Sept. 4. The aircraft was first delivered to Mahan Air in 2009 and flew for just over one…

FAA Prohibits U.S. Carriers from Persian Gulf Airspace, Other Airlines…

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to all U.S. air carriers, commercial operators and those pilots issued with FAA airman certificates prohibiting overflying the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman due to “heightened military activities and increased political tensions.” The order comes after…

Iran’s Mahan Air Operates Flight to Venezuela, Seeks Permanent Connection

Just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, an unusual visitor arrived at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. A Mahan Air Airbus A340-600 landed in the Venezuelan capital after a 15-hour flight from Tehran, Iran. A rare routing for the Iranian carrier, the flight was not bringing Iranian…

Germany Officially Bans Mahan Air Flights

The German government has banned Iranian private carrier, Mahan Air, from operating flights to the country. The decision was made among heavy pressure from the United States and was first announced in December. The German aviation office sent the airline a notice on Monday to immediately suspends its operations into…

Norwegian 737 MAX Remains Stuck in Iran Three Weeks After…

Three weeks after diverting en route to Oslo, Norway from Dubai, U.A.E., a Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737 MAX 8 is reportedly still unserviceable on the ground in Shiraz, Iran. The aircraft with 192 passengers and crew members undertook a ‘safety landing’ on December 14th due to engine problems. Those…

Air France, British Airways and KLM to Suspend Routes to…

Three of Europe's largest carriers have announced they plan to end flights to Tehran, the Iranian capital, citing lack of demand and poor financial performance. The final flights in September will mark the end of such routes that were only reintroduced two years ago after Iran's 2015 nuclear deal framework…