Iran Air Grounds Boeing 747SP, Suspends Kuala Lumpur Service

Iran Air has reportedly suspended their route from Tehran to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

This comes after an announcement that their sole Boeing 747SP’s has been grounded. The 39 years old aircraft is the only aircraft in the world of its type to still operate scheduled passengers flights. Passengers with purchased tickets on this route will be handed over to Mahan Air and Air Asia’s newly started flights from Tehran to Kuala Lumpur.

However, the flights to Kuala Lumpur will resume on the 1st of August 2016. What type of aircraft that will be used then is yet unknown. A source in Iran Air claims that the Boeing 747SP will not be a part of the Kuala Lumpur flight resumptions, as it is planned to be on standby only operating high load regional flights, and most likely to be retired shortly after.

The Boeing 747SP was originally planned to be retired on the 14th of June 2016.

Iran Air has signed MoUs to order around 20 ATRs, 100 Boeings and 118 Airbus aircraft.


Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt