One Mile at a Time highlights an absolutely insane story about a Boeing 737 that was taken out of storage, flown (apparently illegally) into Bulgaria and then while supposedly being flown to the U.A.E. it declared an emergency over Iran – and some claim it was a ‘hijacking’.
The plane went missing over Iranian airspace, the airline has been silent about the incident, and there’s now speculation that the whole thing was a ruse by Fly Armenia Airways to sell the plane to an Iranian carrier in contravention of economic sanctions.
Fly Armenia just got its certificate for commercial flight in summer 2020, and it owns two Boeing 737s.
- A 31 year old Boeing 737-400 registration UR-CNP
- A 23 year old 737-300 registration EK-FAA
The Boeing 737-300, which it’s only owned for two months, has been storage in Tallinn, Estonia and was scheduled to fly to Hostomel, Ukraine for maintenance on February 19. Instead if flew to Varna, Bulgaria – despite Armenian-registered aircraft not being permitted to fly to the E.U.
The next day a new flight plan was filed to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, however it disappeared in Iranian airspace – “interestingly Tehran had been listed as a diversion point for the pilots” in case of emergency. It’s unclear what happened, whether the plane had a mechanical issue or “there was a hijacking” with “tracking for this aircraft’s registration..intentionally been turned off.”
The airline had planned – and cancelled – a press conference, for reasons I cannot quite sort. Perhaps it’s just Facebook’s translation,
We inform you that today’s press conference will not be held. The reason for the delay of the press conference is not to arrive from the Islamic Republic of Iran. We apologize.
One Mile at a Time even wonders whether Fly Armenia Airlines itself is a front for a scheme to transfer aircraft to Iran in violation of international sanctions, and wonders whether their having taken possession of the 737-300 from a Lithuanian aircraft leasing company was simply to serve as a go-between.
After all, they hadn’t been flying this aircraft and their only other plane has been operating flights for Yanair. In other words, it’s an airline without any flights and as soon as they take off, without passengers, the plane goes mysteriously missing in Iran.