Iran Air expects to acquire delivery of its initially new Boeing 777-300ER in April 2018, chairman and MD Farhad Parvaresh advised ATW at the IATA AGM in Cancun.

In December 2016, Boeing firmed a memorandum of arrangement with Iran Air announced before that calendar year for fifty narrowbody and thirty widebody aircraft in a offer valued at $16.six billion at checklist costs.

“We also hope to incorporate two additional Airbus A320s to our fleet this calendar year,” Parvaresh explained.

In January, Iran Air took delivery of its initially new aircraft, an A321, which operates primarily on domestic routes. The A321 was aspect of an historic one hundred-aircraft Airbus purchase, comprising forty six A320s, 38 A330s and 16 A350s, which was finalized Dec. 22, 2016.

The amended offer was anticipated for most of 2016 and adopted the lifting of international sanctions on Iran in January of that calendar year.

Iran Air operates seven new recently sent aircraft, comprising just one A321, two A330-200s and four ATR-72s. Five further ATR-72s are scheduled for delivery this calendar year, which will be utilised primarily on secondary domestic routes.

“In 2018, we hope to have 3 further new jets in our fleet [including the initially 777-300ER],” an advisor to the chairman advised ATW.

Iran Air now operates 40 aircraft, which incorporate a blend of growing old Airbus A310/300s, A320s, Fokker 100s and leased MD-80s.

Airbus president industrial aircraft and COO Fabrice Brégier advised ATW at the Airbus Media Day in Toulouse that the Iranian sector continues to be promising. “We have signed a one hundred-aircraft purchase and what counts is for us to emphasis on that, offering in accordance to prepare. We have the authorization and the licenses. Everything is in place and we are doing the job within this framework,” he explained.

Iran Air transports one million travellers on international routes and three million on domestic flights for each calendar year.

“It is really critical for us to upgrade our fleet,” the advisor to the chairman advised ATW, adding that all the other legacy carriers that operate to Iran—such as Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines—have modern day aircraft in place.

Iran Air is also considering a new route from Teheran to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at

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