Iran Air (Persa: ایران ایر), formally Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persa: هواپیمائی جمهوری اسلامی ایران Havapeyma’i-ye Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān) is the flag carrier airline of Iran, operating services to 80 destinos. The airline’s cargo fleet, operated by subsidiary Iran Air Cargo, operates services to 20 scheduled and 5 charter destinations. Its main bases are the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport for international flights and Tehran Mehrabad Airport for domestic flights. It is headquartered on the grounds of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.
Its acronym, Homa (Persa: هما), is derived from two sources: the initial letters of Iran Air’s pre-Revolutionary Persian name, Havapeyma’i-ye Melli-ye Iran (Persa: هواپیمایی ملی ایران); and from Homa, a griffin of Persian mythology. The Iran Air head office is located on the property of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The head office building was constructed by Israeli engineers prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The facility had a Star of David on its roof for decades before being discovered on Google Maps around 2010, sobre 30 years after the building’s construction. Iranian authorities had plans to remove the Star of David. Iran Air’s London offices are currently in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The airline moved there by Wednesday 4 Enero 2012. Iran Air previously had its Piccadilly main sales office in the City of Westminster. En 1992 protesters threw firebombs at the Picadilly office. Como de 2011 Iran Air still had a model of an Iran Air Concorde in the windows of the London office. The airline had signed up to be a customer of the aircraft, but the airline never regularly operated Concorde, only leasing the aircraft for a short period. Iran Air’s Netherlands offices are on Level 3 of Tower A of the World Trade Center at Schiphol Airport.
Iran Air also operates charter flights from cities in Iran to Jeddah, during the Umrah season.
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