IranAir Starts European A330 Operations in May 2017

IranAir has outlined new international services for the new Airbus A330 fleet. The fleet, currently consisting of two Airbus A330-200s EP-IJA and EP-IJB, both delivered in March 2017, have so far only operated domestic routes. This has mainly been due to crew training, catering the Nowruz demand during March-April as well as the wait for international flight certificates.

As previously reported, IranAir plans to deploy the Airbus A330 on routes from Tehran-Imam Khomeini Airport to Europe and in late-May 2017 to the Far East. The national carrier was forced to cancel its routes to the Far East due to the lack of aircraft but hopes to initially resume flights from Tehran to Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. There have not been any updates regarding the Far East services.

IranAir’s Airbus A330 fleet was reportedly granted international traffic rights last week and is preparing to be based at Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport for international operations.

As per IranAir’s booking system, the very first international Airbus A330 flight will be performed on 1 May 2017 from Tehran-IKA to Gothenburg, Sweden. The aircraft type is thereafter planned to operate all flights to Gothenburg, scheduled on Mondays.

Photo: Airbus Group, P. Masclet / master films

The second destination to receive the Airbus A330 is Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, to start on 3 May 2017 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A possible reason why the two Swedish cities have been targeted as the first Airbus A330 destinations is due to the Airbus A330’s larger fuel tank capacity compared to today’s operational Airbus A300 and A310, enabling it to fly non-stop home to Tehran. Presently, IranAir is banned by the ground suppliers from receiving fuel at the Swedish airports. Therefore, a fuel stop in Prague on flights originating from Sweden is needed to fully perform the route, something the Airbus A330 will be capable without as the fuel from Tehran will be enough.

In addition to the two Swedish cities, IranAir will deploy Airbus A330 on flights to Paris-Orly as of 2 May 2017, operated on Tuesdays and Fridays. The schedules to Gothenburg, Stockholm and Paris are currently valid until October 2017, changes may occur.

On 13 April 2017, IranAir signed a contract with ATR concerning 20 aircraft with the first delivery in less than two weeks away.

A few weeks ago, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development announced that IranAir is ready to take delivery of one Boeing 777-300ER in May 2017, originally ordered by Turkish Airlines.

 

Photo: Erfan Kouchari, Tasnim News Agency

Amin Chini

Amin is Aviation Iran's founder and writer. Contact me by using the contact form or Twitter @aviationirancom.

  • Satpreet Sodhi

    I really hope to see the A330, coming into Heathrow (LHR). At the moment the A300-600 is deployed on the LHR- TEHRAN route. So glad that Iran Air is updating it’s fleet. Very exciting. I very much doubt that the B777-300ER, will be brought to LHR. But then again, never say never!

    • Amin

      Hi Satpreet, welcome to Aviation Iran! The London route is as far as I can see currently maintaned with Airbus A300 as the operational aircraft. The schedule can change anytime. As for the B777, it might visit LHR some time as part of a training scheme. But as you say, never say never. I wish you a geeat day 🙂

      • Satpreet Sodhi

        Thank you so much for your reply Amin. I really appreciate it. Hope to see the 777, and A330 flying over London. You to have a great day. Thanks again for your reply.

  • Hossein Ghate

    Why are they not getting any fuel in Sweden?

    • Amin

      Hi Hossein, welcome to Aviation Iran! The reason why IranAir is banned to receive fuel in Sweden is as far as we know not a ban imposed by the Swedish Government. Instead, it is an issue with the ground handling companies. Iran’s Ambassador to Sweden has said that the issue is with the British oil company BP that provides fuel at the two Swedish airports. Attempts have been made to resolve the issue and the Ambassador had previously announced that the issue would have be solved in early-April 2017. The issue has unfortunately not been resolved, we simply have to wait for a contract between Iran and a ground handling company. I wish you a great day!

  • Hossein Ghate

    sorry to see that its not a A330 to GOT today…