Iran Rejects Sepehran Airlines’ AOC Application

The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO.IRI) has reportedly rejected Sepehran Airlines’ AOC (Air Operator’s Certificate) application, ending a short-lived story of a company that barely started.

The start-up airline never had the oppertunity to fly scheduled flights, in wait of a response from CAO.IRI. Therefore, since April 2015 Sepehran Airlines have had their aircraft grounded at their base in Shiraz. However, during the wait the airline acquired 4 aircraft whereof 3 are Boeing 737s and 1 Dornier Do-328.

The airline had plans to increase the fleet to 17 aircraft in 2 years.

A number of domestic and international routes were planned as well, but none could be operated.

According to CAO.IRI, the decision to reject Sepehran Airlines’ AOC application was that the airline’s fleet age is too high. A new law declares that Iranian airlines cannot purchase aircraft manufactured pre-1998. Sepehran Airlines owns aircraft from the respective years; 1991, 1991, 1992 and 2000.


Photo: Mohammadreza Farhadi Aref