Abbas Atrvash

Flying high

On January first the Iranian community lost a very dear public servant, scholar and friend due to cancer. I never met ex-Iran Air man Abbas Atrvash but we exchanged emails from the earliest days of He was always kind, always helpful and always mindful of all that is truly good about Iran and Iranians. In recent years he was an active member of EXIR, the group of IRAN AIR former employees ( Many of you may recall his passion for and knowledge of the Iranian airline industry through a series of articles which eventually turned into a book:

* The evolution of the Iranian airline industry

* Against the wind: Pioneer women pilots

* Ready for take-off: From "History of Iranian Commercial Aviation"

* Shahla: Women's rights advocates were rare in 1962

His beautiful spirit will live on.


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Uncle Abbas

by Arash Bahmani (not verified) on

If you want to get to know my uncle just google his name. Abbas Atrvash. You'll find why the family is so proud of him.
Uncle Abbas will have a special place in my heart for as long as I live. He will never be forgotten, he will be loved and missed forever by all of us.


I uploaded an interview of VOA with Mr. Atrvash

by پیام on

Here is the link:




It consists of 7 parts and lasts 59 minutes. 


خداوند این


خداوند این وطن پرستان را که از میان ما رفته اند را بی‌ آمرزد. امثال این دلسوزان هستند که ایران را به آنچه که ما افتخار می‌کنیم تبدیل کرده اند. به امید روزی که همه ایرانیان وطن پارست باز در کشور خودشان به خدمت بتوانند بپردازند.



Our Condolences

by Mahboubeh and Cyrus Sharif (not verified) on

We would like to express our deepest condolences for your loss.


my deepest condolences to

by bahram javid (not verified) on

my deepest condolences to Abbas's family and his
friends.I have known Abbas for decades,abadan, shiraz,
Abbas's love and passion for Iran and iranian history
arts,litreture was most admirable, and authentic
His charm and sense of humour was really great.
His smile and laughter was captivating, and,contagious!!
we will miss him greatly...
" at the rising of the sun, and setting,

we shall always remember him "



by Mani Vessal (not verified) on

I had the great fortune and honor of knowing Mr. Atrvash for over twenty two years. I grew up side by side this great man and his family in Toronto.
He was just like a father figure to me which became evermore apparent since my own father's passing a few years ago.
Having lost him is just as tragic and equally devastating as the day I lost my own father.

May your soul rest in piece. I don't doubt for a second that your legend will live among every single individual who had the greatest honor and pleasure of knowing you.

You will be most deeply missed but never forgotten Abbas Joon!


I know him from good old

by Bijan Nakhaei (not verified) on

I know him from good old days in Iran Air. He was very intelligent, knowlegeable, and loving man. We were always in touch by e-mail. It is terrible sad to hear this. God bless his soul. My condolences and heartfelt sympathies to his family during this difficult time.

Bijan Nakhaei

Farhad Sepahbody

God bless Mr. Abbas Atrvash

by Farhad Sepahbody on

He was a staunch Iranian patriot and a great aviation pioneer. He has gone to great beyond but his achievements will remain forever alive.
With deep condolences to his beloved family.


Deepest Condolences

by Kayvan Fateh (not verified) on

A Great Man.

Ali P.

Here is his guestbook

by Ali P. on


Condolences to Nima and others in his family

by farrad02 on

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Abba Atrvash. He was indeed a great Iranian who loved his country and compatriots! 

I hope the Atrvash family puts an Iran Air logo on his tombstone!


Rest in Peace...

by kfravon on

Mr Atrvash was such a pleasant soul.

I remember he contacted me after he saw my grandmother's memorial pictures here on

My grandmother Sadighe Dowlatshahi spoke of him very fondly. She was thrilled that he went to Toronto to meet with her, and later, he presented her with the book which included her story....RIP Mr. Atrvash...he's a great soul. My condolences to his dear family.

Faranak Ravon



Deepest Condolences

by Fair on

on this wonderful man's last flight.

Mr. Atrvash has done invaluable service to both Iran Air and our history. I have read his book and articles on this website, and they are excellent and unique.

No matter how much money you pour into an airline, you don't achieve the phenomenal success that Homa did up to 1979 without immense professionalism, hard work, and dedication like that of Mr. Atrvash.

May he rest in peace and always be remembered.





May he rest in peace.

by Javdan (not verified) on

May he rest in peace.


A Great Loss

by bahram9821 on

This is a great loss for Iranian Aviation community. I just listened to his interviewed with Radio Zamaneh //, he mentioned JJ as one of the reasons he started to write his book about Aviation in Iran.


Dai Abbas

by Nima Adloo (not verified) on

To Whom All That Knew Him,

I don't think there is anyone who came across my uncle that walked away not loving him. He was one of the most kind hearted people that one could ever meet. His wisdom and generosity were just a couple of the qualities that attracted you to him. He was a man that you could sit with and pass countless hours with and not know a minute had gone by. The affects that my uncle had on people were those that one carries with them for a lifetime.

His wealth of knowledge and dedication to the airline industry is something for the history books. I don't think there was a day that went by that my uncle didn't spend putting together information about the industry which he was such a big part of. The book in which he wrote, The Historyof Iranian Commercial Aviation" From the Beginning to The Present Day (, was just one of the examples of how much he loved his career in the airline industry. I am so proud of all his accomplishments and hope to translate his book into English for all those who cannot read Farsi one day.

My uncle will truly be missed by all those knew him and for all those that are going to know him. He will truly be missed by family, friends, and acquaintances. I would like to leave off with a quote that I find fitting for my uncle, "Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them."

With Warmest Wishes,

As my uncle would say it...Azizam!


My deepest condolences

by asghar62 on

I met Mr. Atrvash for the first time in 2002 in Toronto while visiting one of my relatives.

I found him very intelligent and knowledgeable man. After that we were in touch by email and he informed me about his book abiut the Iran Air history is being published. (//

I'm very sadden by this news. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and all members of Iran Air (HOMA).

May he rest in peace.


JJ thanks for sharing.


My hero

by Captain Nasser Moniri (not verified) on

I have worked with late Atrvash for over 15 years back in good old days in Iran Air,as well as in exile and always enjoyed and admierd his friendship,and that is true among all former Iran Air employees ,he was man of word and wisdom,and because of his work in Iran Air ,we have achieved as major Airline in world till 1979.may god(if there is one) bless his soul.

Darius Kadivar

Indeed ... God Bless

by Darius Kadivar on

I also had corresponded with him because he had noticed a photo I had published on Iran Air in the pictory section. He told me he was working on a new book and was very kind in his correspondeces with me.

Truly Sad to hear this. May he Rest in Peace and my condolences to his family.