The ribbon for Mahan Air’s new route between Tehran and Shanghai Pudong was cut by senior representatives of the airline, the Shanghai International Airport Company and Iran’s CAA, among others Mehdi Safari, Iranian Ambassador to China; Zhang Qin, Marketing Manager, Shanghai Airports; and Mahan Air’s Managing Director Hamid Arabnejad.
- Mahan Air launched its third new route for 2011 on 2 September, following services to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and between Mashad and Kuala Lumpur. The Iranian airline now serves its first destination in China; Shanghai Pudong (PVG) from its base in Tehran (IKA). The flights, which are operated with 425-seat 747-400s, are initially operated twice weekly, but the airline hopes to double frequencies to four times weekly in the next six months, as regulatory approvals are granted. This is the third route between Iran and China after China Southern’s flights between Tehran and Ürümqi as well as IranAir’s flights to Beijing from Tehran. At the launch celebrations in Shanghai, Hossein Hosseini, Mahan Air’s Director of Marketing and Route Development, said : “On behalf of Mahan Air, I am delighted to see our aircraft now offering non-stop services to the great city of Shanghai and after more than two years of planning, we are finally on China’s soil. It is with great pride that we are able to offer the business and leisure communities of these two great cities – and cities within the China and the Middle East and beyond – with a great new direct flight.”