Mahan Air, a private Iranian airline accused by the West of transporting military equipment to Middle East war zones, on Monday launched a direct flight to Venezuela, as Tehran voices support for Caracas against a U.S. backed opposition.
Mehr news agency quoted the spokesman of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Reza Jafarzadeh as saying that the route was launched in the early hours of Monday, and the plane will carry foreign ministry officials to Caracas.
Jafarzadeh said a delegation from Mahan Air was also travelling to Caracas to discuss maintaining regular flights between the two countries.
The non-stop Tehran-Caracas flight will take 16 hours.
Mahan Air, established in 1992 as Iran’s first private airline, has the country’s largest fleet of aircraft.
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