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- No.221,Second Floor,Public Relations,Support Services Bld., IranAir H.Q., Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran
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- Tehran Mehrabad Airport
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- Full Service Carrier
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Based at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, Iran Air is the flag carrier of Iran and wholly owned by the Iranian Government. The carrier operates passenger and cargo services to both domestic and international destinations in Asia and Europe.
Location of Iran Air main hub (Tehran Mehrabad Airport)
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The major beneficiaries of this week’s frenetic (public relations) activity just outside Paris live half a world away. They are Asia’s emerging travellers – the millions that have never stepped inside an aircraft, but for whom air travel is becoming attainable. That opportunity took a major step forward as Asian carriers – many of whom the world had never heard of a decade or even five years ago – stepped up in front of the world’s media to order narrowbodies for the mass markets they see blossoming at home.
From volcanic eruptions and earthquakes to blizzards and floods, the world has been unsettled by a wave of natural disasters in the past year. Coupled with "man-made" events, such as the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, at what point will private operators decide that airport investment under such circumstances is not worth the risk?
European carriers are becoming increasingly concerned by the Middle East airline threat on their core international businesses. CEOs from British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa have all voiced their opinions lately, as Middle East airlines continue to expand their global networks. But the European flag carriers are not standing idly by. Several are rapidly expanding their presence in the Middle East, to maintain and/or grow their share of this promising market. Emirates is the clear market leader, with a 21.0% share of capacity on Middle East-Europe routes. Qatar Airways is the second largest, with 8.7%, while Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France have just 5.6%, 3.5% and 2.7% shares, respectively.
There are more than 30 airlines around the world that have publicly talked about tapping equity markets to help diversify funding sources, coinciding with an improved economic environment. Aircraft deliveries are also accelerating, with more than 1,300 aircraft scheduled for delivery this year alone, prompting the need for additional financing.
Etihad Airways this month announced plans to introduce its first "all economy" class aircraft to its fleet in Oct-2010. This carrier will be the only non-LCC in the Middle East operating such a configuration, although the product bears some similarity to to the ‘Gulf Traveller’ product that CEO, James Hogan, introduced while heading Gulf Air. The purpose is mainly to tap into the high volume but low yielding markets more effectively. This segment is being addressed aggressively by neighbouring flydubai, based in Dubai and, a few kilometres further along the road in the UAE, the highly successful Sharjah-based Air Arabia. Other low cost airlines from outside the UAE are also targeting the UAE markets. Full service airlines around the world have long struggled with the decision whether to adopt a LCC subsidiary or to segment their operation in this way. In each case different considerations apply. Etihad, in treading the middle path, may have got it right in this market.
Iran Air may be the next carrier in the Middle East to undergo privatisation. As part of a drive by the Iranian Government to divest share in major national companies, Iran Air and its subsidiary, Iran Air Tour, have joined the list of state owned companies that are up for privatisation under the auspices of the Iranian Privatisation Organisation. The sale of the airline will be handled through the Tehran Stock Exchange.
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