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Iranian Airlines

Saha Airlines
AirlineSaha Air
هواپیمایی ایران
Founded1990 (as Saha Air Lines)
Airline hubMehrabad International Airport
Fleet size5 (+3 orders)
Parent companyIran Air Force
HeadquartersTehran, Iran

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Iranian Airlines ( ) is an airline based in Tehran, Iran. It operates domestic passenger services with three 707s and occasional cargo charters with 747s. It was established in 1990 as Saha Air Lines and is wholly owned by the Iranian Air Force. Regular domestic flights include daily flights from its base at Tehran's Mehrabad airport to Mashhad, Kish Island, Assoulyeh and its aircraft also make regular appearances at Shiraz.

The airline is notable for being the very last airline in the world to operate the Boeing 707 in passenger service. These particular aircraft are ex air-to-air tanker 707s, delivered in 1976 and pressed into passenger service due to sanctions by the USA which have stopped Iran acquiring new aircraft since 1979. Airline enthusiasts (including American citizens) make regular pilgrimages to Iran, including actual organised tour groups, to fly on the antique yet well-maintained 707s.

Due to their previous lives as military aircraft, the 707s have spent long periods in storage or only operating sporadic military missions, so for airline transports they have a very low number of hours on their airframes, about 25,000 hours each, meaning they may fly on for some time (the average life of a jet airliner is 100,000 hours). On 20 June 2010, 2 of the 707s were back in full service. The last scheduled passenger flight for the Boeing 707 was on 22 June 2010. After much discussion, 5 Boeing 707s are now back in service, and will remain in service for some time to come.

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