TEHRAN: Eight new passenger planes are to be delivered to the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran Air) by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2017) Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development for International Affairs Asghar Fakhriyeh-Kashan has announced.
The new aircraft will be delivered by France’s Airbus and the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR, Fakhriyeh-Kashan told IRNA here on Sunday.
Based on the agreement with the Airbus, Iran Air is to receive an A330 and two A320 planes this year, the official added.
Referring to the foreign companies’ interest in striking deals with Iran, he noted that the country has no problems for funding such agreements.
Also, Iran Air and the American Corporation of Boeing signed an agreement on selling 80 aircraft to Iran on December 11.
The first batch of those passenger aircrafts are expected to be delivered to Iran in early 2018.
Iran’s Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad in a post on his Instagram page on Saturday wrote that contract with Airbus for purchase of 100 passenger planes put an end to the most prolonged sanction against the country.
Despite all doubts about the possibility of a deal with France’s Airbus which continued to even the latest moments, the preliminary contract was signed during the historical visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Paris in January, said the senior diplomat.