Pouya Air (Yas Air)

Also Known As: 

Pouya Airlines
Yas Air Kish
YasAir Cargo Airline
Pars Air
Qeshm Air

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran


+98 21 66021616


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An Iranian cargo airline that has been owned by Pars Aviation Services Company (PASC), which the U.N. Security Council has identified as an entity affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has transported illicit cargo to Iranian proxies in the Levant on behalf of the IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF).

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has transported IRGC-QF personnel and weapons disguised as humanitarian aid; according to the U.N. Security Council, helped PASC violate paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 1747 (2007), which prohibited Iran from supplying, selling, or transferring arms or related material.

Operates four Mi-171 military helicopters.

In 2018, reportedly joined the IRGC in sending firefighting helicopters to the Hawizeh Marshes in Iraq; in 2017, reportedly received a South African-registered Embraer ERJ-145ER regional jet (registration number EP-RAA) from the IRGC; reportedly has received cargo aircraft from the IRGC.

In 2014, attempted to transport export-controlled General Electric CF6 engines from Turkey to Iran on behalf of the Turkish company 3K Aviation Consulting and Logistics.

In March 2011, flew weapons to Syria in coordination with Hezbollah and Syrian officials after receiving authorization from the IRGC-QF; in March 2011, operated a Syria-bound flight from Iran intercepted by Turkish authorities that was carrying 60 AK-47 assault rifles, 14 BKC/Bixi machine guns, 560 60-mm mortar shells, 1,288 120-mm mortar shells, and almost 8,000 rounds of ammunition despite listing "auto spare parts" on the cargo manifest, which a U.N. Panel of Experts described as a violation of paragraph 5 of U.N. Security Council resolution 1747 (2007); reportedly makes daily flights to Syria and uses Ilyushin aircraft to transport cargo to Damascus and Russia for the IRGC.

Began operations as Qeshm Air in 2000; changed name to Pars Air in 2006, Yas Air in 2008, and Pouya Air in 2012; distinct from Pars Ocean Kish Company, an Iranian passenger airline established in 2015 or 2016 that also does business under the names Pars Airlines Company and Pars Air.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on December 20, 2012, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), as an entity involved in Iran's proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015);  removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on December 1, 2011, as an entity of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC); with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the entity, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to it.

Added on March 27, 2012, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), blocking its assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the entity or otherwise assisting the entity are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the entity may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Targeted by a temporary denial order (TDO) issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce on January 3, 2014, and renewed on July 1, 2014, forbidding participation for 180 days in export transactions involving items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the entity and/or freezing its assets in those countries.

Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and nuclear weapons.

Date Entered: 

April 30, 2021

Date Last Modified: 

December 21, 2023