January 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm
Its area manager (Far East & Dubai), Majid Kargaran, said the plane touched down at 10.37am after an eight-hour flight from Shiraz, Iran.
Majid said the airline offered twice weekly flights from Shiraz to Kuala Lumpur and vice-versa on Thursdays and Mondays, using the A310-300 which has a seating capacity of 196.
“It is a tremendous day for us and we hope to increase the frequencies to three to four flights a week,” he said.
Established in 1991, the Mahan Air currently owns a fleet of 26 Airbus and Boeing jet transports and operates scheduled passenger service to 12 international destinations in Europe, Far East and West Asia.
Deputy director general of marketing division at Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Amiruddin Abu, meanwhile said the tourist arrivals from Iran had increased tremendously from only 12,309 in 2005 to 101,664 in 2009.
“We have seen a lot of people, either individuals, family members as well as businessmen coming from Iran.
“The Iranians have the advantage because they did not require visas to enter Malaysia,” he said at the welcoming ceremony here today.
The inclusion of Mahan Air will see the number of West Asian airlines serving KLIA increase to nine, offering 64 flights weekly to various capital cities.