It’s more than half a century since a brand new airplane has been bought by Iran. Since the U.S. sanction have been applied to the Iran’s airline fleet, Iran haven’t been enabled to improve its air fleet and you can’t expect much from its airline such as Mahan Air. Each airline has its own fleet and this is where the difference in the quality of flights shows itself. Stay with us to read more about the best airlines in Iran.
Different Planes in Iran
There are generally two types of airliners in Iran: wide-body and large aircrafts.
In a typical wide-body airplane, there is enough space to accommodate two passenger aisles with seven to nine seats abreast. This is why it’s also called a two-aisle plane. These planes allow a total capacity of 200 to 850 passengers. The width of wide-body planes is between 5 to 6 meters. Not only they are used as airliners that carry passengers, but they are also used as cargo aircrafts.
As the name tells, these airliners are smaller than wide-body aircrafts and they are something between 3 to 4 meters wide. There’s only one single aisle and seats between two to six people abreast. They have a capacity of 300 passengers and are not used for long distance flights.
What Planes Does Iran’s Air Fleet Use?
As been told, Iran’s fleet aircrafts have lived a long life and are used as airliners and cargo aircrafts. This is the list of the working planes in Iran’s air fleet:
- BAE 146
- AirBoss A300
- AirBoss A330
- AirBoss A340
- AirBoss A321
- AirBoss A320
- AirBoss A319
- AirBoss A340-600
- AirBoss A310
- AirBoss A350
- Boeing 747
- Boeing 737
- Boeing 757
- Boeing 727
- Boeing 707
- Fokker 100
- Fokker 50
- ATR 72
- Yakovlev 42
- Embraer 42
- Tupolev (used for government officials)
Best Aircrafts in Iran
The question may occur to you that among all the different airlines in Iran, which ones would be on the top of the list. We’ll explain it further so stay tuned.
Airbus planes in Iran are a little higher and better than average. Airbus A320 is a one-aisle narrow-body aircraft. As mentioned before, it’s mostly used for short flights. All the A320s in Iran have been working for more than 30 years and would have been retired if used in any other countries. They allow a number of 180 passengers.
Here are some other features of A320:
- Flight range: 6100 km
- Cruise speed: 870 km/s
- Length: 37.57 m
- Wingspan: 35.8 m
- Mostly used by Iran Air and Mahan Air
AirBoss 340 is also one the best working airplanes in Iran, as it’s a wide-body plane and suitable for long flights. This is 600 class plane with 4 engines and accommodates 440 passengers. This plane has economy, business, and first class flights.
Here are some other features of A340:
- Range: 13150 km
- Cruise speed: 912 km/s
- Length: 63.6 m
- Wingspan: 60.3 m
- Mostly used by Meraj, Aseman, and Mahar Air
A350 is the next generation of AirBoss after A340 and have more options than the previous one. The flaws have been fixed to compete with Boeing 777 and 787. This aircraft, too, is a wide-body plane used for long flights. It creates less noise pollution (because of its engines) and consumes %25 less fuel and has more power.
- Range: 15270
- Length: 60.54
A330 is one of the best planes that is still flying in Iran and has been bought by Iran after the sanctions were suspended. It’s similar to A340 with small differences like the number of the engines. This one is also another wide-body plane with the capacity of 440 passengers.
- Range: 10400 km
- Cruise speed: 912 km/s
- Length: 63.75 m
- Wingspan: 60.3 m
- Mostly used by Iran Air (ten A340s were bought by IR after the JCPOA deal, but after its cancellation only two were received by Iran)
Made possible by a negotiated relaxation of international sanctions against Iran, during June 2017, a €1 billion Iranian contract was finalized for the 40 airliners. It can perform well in hot and high-altitude conditions.
Boeing 737 is one of the most common and best aircrafts in Irans air fleet due to its economical expenses. It’s a single-aisle plane because it can only allow 200 passengers for short flights.
- Range: 4688 km
- Cruise speed: 890 km/s
- Length: 30.5 m
- Wingspan: 28.4
- Mostly used by Taban, Caspian, Aseman, ATA, Sepehran, Saha, Kish Air and Karoon Agencies
As we mentioned in the introduction of Airbus A350, these two air fleets have a really tight competition with each other. Boeing 777 is one of the most popular aircrafts in the world; but due to the sanctions against Iran, there are only few 777s in Iran’s air fleet.
Fokker 100 is a Dutch two-engined aircraft which lost its popularity after Airbus 318 and 319 and Boein 737; but it’s still used in Iran’s air fleet.