In the recent week, Kish Air expanded its fleet with two new Airbus A321s from Ukraine. The aircraft are currently used on domestic routes but will later be deployed on international routes from Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Mashhad and Kish Island. Currently, the airline owns 7 McDonnell Douglas MD-82/83, 3 Fokker 100, 2 A320 and 2 A321, with plans to soon reach 20 aircraft.
With the newly added capacity, Kish Air has outlined both new domestic and international routes. According to Kish Air, the airline launched a 6 six-weekly service from Tehran to Gorgan last week. On the international side, Kish Air plans a massive expansion to Pakistan and two routes to Iraq’s Najaf.
During the period 13 November – 25 November 2016, Tehran-Imam Khomeini – Najaf will be operated thrice daily as charter flights. The scheduled flights will all depart from Mashhad to Najaf and various Pakistani destinations.
Yesterday, a one-weekly Mashhad – Najaf route was launched. Furthermore, the new destinations from Mashhad are as following, all planned to be operated once a day as of 26 November 2016: Islamabad, Multan, Karachi and Lahore.
Around 40 million Shia Muslims live in Pakistan. Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous city, is home to the Imam Reza shrine, an important site for the Shiite Muslims.