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For Iranian Passengers, Old Planes and Few Parts Make Air Travel 5.5 More Times Deadly

◢ Statistically speaking, air travel in Iran is still safe. This is in large part due to the efforts of Iranian pilots and maintenance crews to keep aircraft operable despite limited resources. But even if the overall risk of an accident remains statistically low, the risk still far exceeds expected levels. Looking to an “exposure based” measure, flying in Iran is on average 5.5 times more deadly than flying in the rest of the world.

International Airlines Are Leaving Iran. Here’s Why.

◢ News that British Airways and Air France are axing their service to Iran was met by anger from Iranians, who felt the airlines were bowing to political pressure from the Trump administration. To better understand whether commercial or political considerations are driving these decisions, Bourse & Bazaar spoke to an executive from one of the international airlines now withdrawing from Iran. The executive’s account provides a more precise picture of why numerous airlines have determined that flying to Tehran is no longer commercially viable. 

Increased Competition Squeezes Air France in Iran

◢ Air France recently announced the reduction of its flights from Paris to Tehran after first switching the service on the route to its subsidiary airline JOON. At a time of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the reduction of flights led to speculation that the move may have been influenced by the return of sanctions. But a look to the current competitive environment shows other significant changes to the market to which Air France was forced to react. 

Iran Air Expands Routes Amid Uncertainty

◢ Despite recent uncertainty surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran Air has been moving forward with its expansion efforts, drastically changing its face in the airline industry.

◢ Iran Air's network has grown significantly since 2015, but remains much smaller than that of a decade ago. In 2002, the airline was serving 18 European destinations, compared to today’s 13 destinations.