In today’s world the aviation industry is known as one of the most important industries whose most important task is the fast and safe transportation of people and cargo. In our country, Iran, the aviation industry is one of the industries in which the laws of free enterprise, demand and supply market, are fully implemented. Therefore, beside the local companies, international companies from different countries can easily work in this field without paying any taxes. In recent years, more than $4 billion, on average, has been paid to foreign airlines by Iranian passengers each year in exchange for transportation services. In this free market and with this situation aviation in our industry, IRM, as the largest private Iranian airline, by presenting desirable services has always tried to prevent the outflow of currency from the country and encourage Iranian passengers to travel with an Iranian company.


History of IRM

IRM was established as the first Iranian private Airline in transportation industry for handling passenger and freight services in 1992. The activities of this complex in the national arena began with Tehran-Kerman-Tehran flights and then with increasing facilities and developing of the air fleet gained the growth of various domestic and international routes on the agenda.


Fleet Growth

IRM fleet was equipped with two Tupolev aircraft at the time of its establishment in 1992, and in 1999 in order to achieve goals to progress, security and comfort, it added two Airbus A300 aircraft to its fleet. In the next years several Airbuses A300-600 / A310 / A320 / A340 and Boeing B747-300 / B747-400 aircraft were used as the most modern available aircraft for long-haul flights to European and Far Eastern countries. And added several BAe-RJ146 aircraft to its fleet for short domestic routes.
Also in 1394, by adding several modern Airbus A340-600 aircraft, IRM took a big step in developing new international routes to Europe and East Asia and was able to increase its fleet size to 55 aircrafts and had the most equipped and up-to-date fleet in Iran.

IRM Aircraft

The last update of IRM fleet is listed below:

Last Update January 2022


Passenger Transportation Growth

Due to the growth of the fleet, IRM was able to get a great share in passenger and cargo transportation in its domestic and international network. According to the report by the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, in 2012 IRM transferred the largest number of passengers in both the domestic and international network.
In 2015, with a growth of 5.5 percent of passenger transportation on domestic and international routes compared to the previous year, IRM won the first place among Iranian airlines for the third consecutive year. In 2015, IRM continued to lead the way with more than five million passenger traffic growth and 72% seat occupancy.
In 2019 and before the outbreak of Corona virus, IRM had an average of one hundred daily flights, 65% on domestic and 35% on international flights. According to the report by Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, IRM has the most punctual and least delayed flights so far.
With a variety destination and the provision of desirable services, compliance with international standards and the importance of flight safety, IRM has always been the first choice of passengers.

Domestic Network

In the mid-2010, IRM, while leading the Iranian market on domestic flights and flights to the large and small cities, especially deprived areas, expanded its network to cities such as Kerman, Mashhad, Shiraz, Chabahar, Zahedan, Ahvaz, Asaluyeh, Zabol, Birjand, Iranshahr, Yasuj, Ardabil, Shahrekord, Bojnourd, Jiroft, Khorramabad, Sirjan, Tabas, Gachsaran, Kish, Tabriz, Isfahan and …

International Network

Also in the international arena, IRM could provide desirable services by flying to international routes in the European cities of Milan, Rome, Munich, Düsseldorf, Barcelona, ​​Paris, Copenhagen, Moscow, Kiev, Baku, Yerevan, Istanbul and Ankara and East and South Asian cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Delhi, Lahore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and neighboring countries.


IRM Services

Considering the innovations and the provision of advanced services by IRM, we can point out the benefits and use of new technologies such as online check-in, receiving online boarding pass through IRM website(24 hours to 90 minutes before the flight time), immediate announcement of boarding time(by sending a text message to the passenger’s mobile number) and the IRM frequent flyer program.

Another feature that distinguishes IRM from other local Airlines, which can even compete with foreign companies, is a standard training center for crew, approved by the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran and other related international organizations.


In addition of providing passenger and cargo services, IRM has always been a leader in the field of education and research in the aviation industry with its specialized aviation university, specialized and practical cabin crew training center, flight simulation center for various fleets such as Airbus, Boeing and BAe, and holding engineering and repair courses, as well as pilot training center.

IRM Repair and Maintenance Center, with its experienced and specialized staff, despite many limitations and the impossibility of receiving services and parts from manufacturers, has been able to maintain and secure its own fleet, and also other local and foreign companies.

IRM with almost five thousand direct employees and creating ten thousand indirect jobs, the largest fleet and network, is one of the largest private economic complexes in the country and the largest private Airline in the Iranian aviation industry and play an important role in the development of this industry.

Another prominent service of IRM is providing services in the tourism industry, among which we can refer to designing and constructing of the Malek Abad Shahdad Ecotourism Complex Project in Kerman province, which has been established with the goal of attracting Iranian and foreign tourists. This valuable action lead to the eliminated of deprivation, prevention of migration from villages to cities and employment of the local community. For this purpose, in order to dynamize and flourish the economy and create jobs in the Malek Abad area of ​​Shahdad, IRM created a beautiful complex called the Lut Star Eco Camp, a 5 star residence equipped with beautiful suites with welfare facilities among the eye-catching palm groves.

IRM Vision

IRM, with accurate planning and perusing of various markets, has succeeded in transporting a large number of passengers to other countries, especially from East and South Asia to the west, in the form of transit services. For example, in 2016, more than one hundred thousand passengers from China, India and some countries were transited By IRM through its hub at IKA.
It is worth mentioning that IRM, looking to the future, will put its efforts on the comprehensive growth and development of its services and to be in line with international standards. By increasing its domestic and international network, IRM will provide desirable services to passengers according to the needs of the country and this has been the top concerns of the managers in this organization.

Incidents and accidents

  • 23 February 2006: A IRM Airbus A310 operating a flight from Tehran, Iran, was involved in a serious incident while on approach to Birmingham International Airport. The aircraft descended to the published minimum descent altitude of 740 ft despite still being 11 nm from the runway threshold. At a point 6 nm from the runway the aircraft had descended to an altitude of 660 ft, which was 164 ft above ground level. Having noticed the descent profile, Birmingham air traffic control issued an immediate climb instruction to the aircraft, however, the crew had already commenced a missed approach, having received a GPWS alert. The aircraft was radar vectored for a second approach during which the flight crew again initiated an early descent. On this occasion, the radar controller instructed the crew to maintain their altitude and the crew completed the approach to a safe landing. The accident investigation determined that the primary cause was the use of the incorrect DME for the approach, combined with a substantial breakdown in the Crew Resource Management. Three safety recommendations were made.

  • On 23 September 2013, a Boeing 747-300 registered EP-MNE operating as IRM Flight 5070 from Kerman to Medina aborted takeoff after V1 and excursed from the runway. All 443 people survived and only 13 were injured. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service but would be involved in another accident two years later.
  • On 13 June 2014, an Airbus A310 registered EP-MNX was struck by a passenger bus while parked at Tehran-Imam Khomeini International Airport. The aircraft was unoccupied at the time of the incident and was repaired.
  • On 15 October 2015, the same aircraft involved in the Flight 5070 incident operating as IRM Flight 1095 from Tehran to Bandar Abbas experienced an engine failure after taking off from Tehran. The aircraft returned to Tehran and made an emergency landing with no injuries to the 441 people on board reported. The aircraft was almost damaged beyond repair. However, in April 2021, after being in a C-Check and being repaired for over six years, the plane was re-activated.
  • On 24 December 2015, IRM Flight 112, an Airbus A310 registered EP-MNP rolled off the apron at Istanbul while taxiing at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. All 166 people survived and the aircraft was repaired.
  • On 19 June 2016, a British Aerospace BAe-146-300 registered EP-MOF operating as IRM Flight 4525 from Ahvaz to Khark overran the runway after landing at Khark Airport and was substantially damaged. All 89 people on board survived with no injuries, but the aircraft was declared a hull loss.
  • On 23 July 2020, it was reported that a IRM airplane, an Airbus A310-300 registered EP-MNF operating as IRM Flight 1152 from Tehran to Beirut, was escorted by American fighter jets over Syrian airspace. The airplane landed in Beirut with three injuries reported.

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