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Iran Aseman Airlines or Aseman (Persian: هواپیمایی آسمان) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran, operating scheduled domestic and regional flights within the Persian Gulf area, as well as charter and air taxi services.
- 1 History
- 2 Destinations
- 3 Fleet
- 4 Air Ambulance
- 5 Engineering and Maintenance
- 5.1 Engineering services
- 5.2 Quality Assurance and Control
- 6 Accidents and incidents
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The airline was established and started operations in 1980. In March 2007 it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.
According to an aviation website, the airline''s historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which became Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines. Aseman was the first aviation company in the Middle East to provide Air Ambulance services.
Destinations Main article: Iran Aseman Airlines destinationsThe first Iran Aseman Airbus A340 at Mehrabad International Airport, Iran. (2012)FleetAn Iran Aseman Boeing
727 at an airport in Tehran, Iran. (2007)
The Iran Aseman Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2014):
Iran Aseman Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
|Airbus A320-200 ||1 ||180 ||Leased from Kam Air |
|Airbus A340-300 ||1 ||300 || |
|ATR 72-200 ||4 ||70 || |
|ATR 72-500 ||2 ||70 || |
|Boeing 727-200 ||4 ||175 || |
|Boeing 727-200F ||2 ||- ||Cargo aircraft |
|Dassault Falcon 20 ||1 ||- ||Air Ambulance |
|Fokker 100 ||20 ||109 || |
The Aseman Aviation Medical Center conducts periodic examination of crew and ground personnel. This center also provides unique medical facility as an air ambulance on 24-hour service for medical air transport of patients.
The center has on-call physicians and nurses, and is equipped with a Falcon air ambulance aircraft to facilitate transfer of patients to their predetermined destination, flying at a velocity of up to 800 km/h. The air ambulance is equipped with advanced medical facilities and provisions for emergency minor surgeries.
Iran Aseman Airlines is the sole representative in the Middle East of the Dassault-Breguet Mystere-Falcon company, and it is the only independent company in the Islamic Republic of Iran that operates two Jet Falcon 20 aircraft for air ambulance services.
Engineering and MaintenanceAn Iran Aseman Fokker 100 landing at Mehrabad International Airport, Iran. (2011)
The IAA Maintenance, Engineering and Supply Department, by utilizing, its experienced and highly trained engineers, has the dynamic responsibility for the maintenance of IAAs and its numerous customers'' different types of aircraft. This department, possessed with formal permissions from the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran paves the way for base and line repairs to meet the internal and external regional requirements of the world aviation industry.
- Full support of maintenance, modifications and overhaul activities
- Engine monitoring conditions and status of engines
- Technical support and services for the overhaul of aircraft in connection with airframes, engines, systems, parts and avionics equipment and responsive to chronicle and repetitive defects of maintenance department.
- Heavy maintenance on
- Airbus A340-300
- Boeing 727
- ATR 72
- Fokker 100
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80
- Fokker 28
- Falcon 2000
- Falcon 20
- Dornier 228
- Repair and refurbishment of cabin equipment
- Quick engine change
- Technical ground services
Quality Assurance and Control
Technical specialists in QA/QC department endeavor that all maintenance and engineering activities be in accordance with flight standards. This may be fulfilled through direct and indirect inspections by quality control and assurance experts. Quality control team is responsible to perform direct inspection on aircraft and pertinent systems during maintenance and engineering process. The direct inspection process is as follows:
- Preliminary inspections
- NDT inspections
- In progress know-how inspections
- Final inspections of product
- Material inspections
Accidents and incidents
- On 4 October 1990, an Iran Aseman Fokker F27 Friendship (registered EP-ANA) overran the runway upon landing at Ramsar Airport, Iran and came to rest at a concrete wall 100 metres behind the runway. There were no fatalities amongst the 46 passengers and 4 crew members on board, and the aircraft could be repaired.
- On 12 October 1994, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registered EP-PAV) en route from Isfahan to Tehran suffered a sudden loss of power in both engines at 23:05 local time, 35 minutes after take-off from Isfahan International Airport. The aircraft went into an uncontrolled decent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and 7 crew members on board.
- On 18 July 2000, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 775, a Fokker F28 Fellowship (registered EP-PAU) en route from Tehran to Ahwaz, was damaged beyond repair when the pilot missed the runway upon a low-visibility landing attempt at Ahwaz Airport and instead touched down next to it. A successful go-around was executed, and there were no injuries amongst the 84 passengers and 4 crew members on board.
- On 24 August 2008, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 6895 crashed near Manas International Airport near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, resulting in the death of 71 out of 95 people on board. The aircraft (a Boeing 737-200) was owned and operated by Itek Air.
- On 26 August 2010, a Fokker 100 (registered EP-ASL) operating Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 773 from Tehran to Tabriz overran the runway upon landing at Tabriz International Airport and was substantially damaged when it plunged into a canal. Two out of the 103 passengers on board were injured, while the 7 crew members were not hurt.
- On 10 May 2014, a Fokker 100 (registered EP-ASZ), was damaged in a landing accident at Zahedan Airport (ZAH), Iran. The airplane operated flight 853 from Mashhad Airport (MHD). According to local media the left hand main undercarriage failed to extend or lock prior to landing. A forced landing was carried out on runway 35. The airplane swerved to the left and came to rest 1450 meters (4760 feet) past the runway 35 threshold and 23 meters (75 feet) to the left of the centreline.
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