Shahram Shirkhani: The Evolution of Mahan Air

Throughout his career, Tehran-based transactional attorney Shahram Shirkhani has handled major deals for some of the largest companies in Iran and elsewhere, with notable accomplishments in the energy, manufacturing, and aviation industries. In recent years, Shahram Shirkhani secured important aircraft financing for Mahan Air, a domestic and international airline service in operation for more than two decades.

With its launch in 1992, Mahan Air became Iran’s first private airline and soon began domestic flights between Tehran and Kerman. Successful as a domestic carrier, Mahan Air branched into the international market with the company’s first flight to Damascus, Syria, in 1994, followed by subsequent agreements with airports in Birmingham, England; Dubai, U.A.E., Bangkok, Thailand; and Lahore, Pakistan. Adding Airbus A300 and A310 planes to its fleet, Mahan Air continued to expand its reach to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Today, the company consists of 43 passenger aircraft serving more than 70 destinations around the world.