Iran Air

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Iran Air serves as Iran’s national air carrier, operating a fleet of approximately 40 aircraft covering 35 international and 25 domestic destinations.

Iran Air Tours is a subsidiary that operates a portion of Iran Air’s domestic flights;

Iran Air has provided support and services to MODAFL and the IRGC through the transport and/or transfer of goods for, or on behalf of, these entities;

OFAC identified Iran Air, the national airline of Iran, pursuant to E.O. 13599 for being owned or controlled by the Government of Iran. OFAC added to the SDN List 67 aircraft operated by Iran Air on November 5, 2018;

On numerous occasions since 2000, Iran Air shipped military-related electronic parts and mechanical equipment on behalf of MODAFL;

MODAFL was designated by the U.S. Department of State in October 2007 under E.O. 13382 and has brokered a number of transactions involving materials and technologies with ballistic missile applications;

Iran Air has shipped military-related equipment on behalf of the IRGC since 2006, and in September and November 2008, Iran Air shipped aircraft-related raw materials to a MODAFL-associated company, including titanium sheets, which have dual-use military applications and can be used in support of advanced weapons programs;

Rockets or missiles have been transported via Iran Air passenger aircraft, and IRGC officers occasionally take control over Iran Air flights carrying special IRGC-related cargo;

The IRGC is also known to disguise and manifest such shipments as medicine and generic spare parts, and IRGC officers have discouraged Iran Air pilots from inspecting potentially dangerous IRGC-related cargo being carried aboard a commercial Iran Air aircraft, including to Syria;

Additionally, commercial Iran Air flights have also been used to transport missile or rocket components to Syria;

Adopted in March 2008, UNSCR 1803 called upon all States in accordance with their national legal authorities and legislation and consistent with international law, in particular the law of the sea and relevant international civil aviation agreements, to inspect the cargoes to and from Iran of aircraft owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo, provided there are reasonable grounds to believe that the aircraft is transporting goods prohibited under UNSCR 1803 or previous UNSCRs;

Iran Air Tours serves as Iran Air’s domestic air carrier, operating a fleet of 14 aircraft connecting 13 Iranian cities with two main hubs in Tehran and Mashhad, Iran;

Aviation Industry

Also Known As:
Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (HOMA)
Havapeyma Meli Iran HOMA
Iran AIr Cargo
Iran Air PJSC
IraniAir Cargo
National Iranian Airlines (HOMA)
Sherkat Sahami Aam Havopaymaie Jomhouri Islami Iran


P.O. Box 13185-775, Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran;
Flour2, Cargo Building, Terminal3, Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran;
Bimeh Alborz side – 2km of karaj special road, Iran;

Parent company:
Ministry of Roads & Urban Development of Iran (60%);

Fleet size:


Codeshare agreements:
Austrian Airlines
Azerbaijan Airlines
Turkish Airlines

Iran Air Cargo
Iran Air Ground Services
Iran Air Catering

Person of interests:
Farzaneh Sharafbafi, Chairwoman & CEO

Reason for the color:
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on November 5, 2018 pursuant to Executive Order 13599 for being owned or controlled by the Government of Iran;
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on 6/23/2011 pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters;
» Removed from the SDN list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action;
» Iran Air operations are subject to operational restrictions within the EU;

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