Today, most of the 34 a/c operated by IR
were acquired prior to 1979.
The Airbus A300 were introduced and flown on regional routes in 1978. At that time, IRAN AIR was the fastest growing airline in the world
. 6 more A300 were bought in 1978.
The only new aircraft IR
was able to purchase in the last 20 years had been 6 F-100 and 2 A300-600R (delivered new from the manufacturer in 1990).
Recently, 2 A320 have been leased from Tunisian carrier "Nouvelair" to replace the retired B737-200. IR
was very happy with them but as they were operated on an ACMI (Aircraft,Crew, Maintenance & Insurance) lease, the higher costs prevent this solution of leasing to be extended.
Iran Air would be very interested in operating more A320 family but only if it could operate them independently or on a dry-lease contract.
Several times over the past few years, orders have been announced for brand new A320, A330 or A340. Each time the delivery was postponed or the whole deal finally not signed. IR
was even one of the first airlines interested in the 2 A340-500 that were not taken up by Air Canada and that had been stored temporary at CHR
Today, 25 years after the "Revolution", Iran Air's International network hasn't changed, minus the transatlantic routes. The recent acquisition of A310 from Turkish Airlines allowed IR
to increase frequencies on some existing service and serve few new destinations, Cologne (CGN
) in Germany being the last added.