Europe removes ban on Iran's Mahan Airlines

24 July 2008
The European Commission (EC) has dropped Iran's Mahan Airlines from its safety blacklist of airlines banned from EU skies.

The EC says that the move follows a review of the Iranian airline’s systems and processes.

In a statement, it said the company was being removed from the list “in view of the significant efforts and progress accomplished by this carrier, which were verified during an on-site inspection in Iran.”

Mahan was the only Gulf carrier on the EC list. It was banned in September 2007 following a series of safety alerts from various European nations. At the time, a number of the airline’s planes lacked collision-avoidance systems, which have now been installed.

Air West from Sudan remains banned (MEED 14:9:08).

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