Iran Air Enters New Era With First New Airbus

Iran Air celebrated a milestone today with the delivery of its first new aircraft in 24 years, heralding the start of a fleet renewal and modernisation of the airline. The jet, an Airbus A321 registered EP-IFA, was flown to Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.   The European planemaker held … Continue reading

British Airways Returns To Tehran

British Airways has resumed flying to Tehran this week after a 4-year hiatus.   The inaugural service, piloted by British-Iranian Captain Kami Hosseini, took off from London (Heathrow) at 2134 hrs for the Iranian capital, where it landed at 0607 hrs the next morning. The new service opens another chapter in British Airways’ long affiliation with the … Continue reading

Middle East Growth For AirAsia Group

Southeast Asian low cost carrier giant AirAsia group has outlined its plans for expansion in the Middle East. Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia X and Bangkok-based Thai AirAsia X have announced new routes from their respective hubs to Tehran, with the latter also introducing new flights to Muscat.   The Iranian Connection Following the easing of sanctions … Continue reading

Qatar Airways To Join Oneworld

Qatar Airways has confirmed speculation that it is to join one of the global airline alliances, with an announcement of its upcoming entry into Oneworld at a press conference in New York yesterday afternoon. The Doha-based carrier’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar al Baker joined his counterparts from American Airlines and British Airways parent International Airlines … Continue reading

Singapore Airlines Retires Boeing 747s

Singapore Airlines has officially retired its Boeing 747 fleet, following the final commemorative flights by the iconic aircraft between Singapore and Hong Kong today. Flight SQ 748 landed at Singapore Changi International Airport at 1900 hrs, ending a 38-year relationship between the airline and the ‘Queen of the Skies’. Onboard the flight were company executives, media, invited guests and … Continue reading