U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran

January 24, 2019

Author: 

Ian Talley

Publication: 

Wall Street Journal

Related Country: 

  • Iran
  • Syria
  • United States

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two airline companies for carrying weapons from Iran to Syria. Qeshm Fars Air and two of its freight planes were blacklisted for working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, possibly under the direction of Mahan Air. An Armenia airline services company was also sanctioned for working with Mahan Air. Qeshm bought or leased two Boeing 747s and used the planes to fly in and out of Lebanon. According to the Treasury Department, the planes are owned or controlled by Mahan Air. They were originally purchased by Afghan airline Kam Air with a loan from the Azizi Group. Kam Air may still own the aircraft and have leased them to Qeshm. Kam Air was sanctioned by the U.S. Defense Department in 2013 for ferrying opium into Tajikistan.