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Iran Air to reeive first Boeing aircraft next year

26 April 2017 18:22 (UTC+04:00)
Iran Air to reeive first Boeing aircraft next year

By Kamila Aliyeva

Iran Air President Farhad Parvaresh said that the first Boeing 777 will be delivered to Iran in April 2018, IRNA news agency reported.

Speaking about the contract for the purchase of aircrafts signed between Iran and the French-Italian company ATR [manufacturer of turboprop aircraft], Parvaresh said that 4 aircraft will be delivered within next three weeks.

The deal was first signed in February 2016 in Tehran following the commercial discussions held in Rome and Paris during visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Akhoundi to those countries.

Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation, among which IranAir is the oldest one. The number of operational airports in the country is 46.

Since sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic were lifted last year, Iran began to take steps to upgrade its air industry, revamp an aging airline fleet, equipment and airports.

Iran signed a $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing passenger jets on December 11, 2016. The deal between IranAir and U.S. plane maker Boeing includes 50 narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft and 30 long-haul 777s, split equally between the 777-300ER, which is badly in need of an order boost, and the 406-seat 777-9, which is under development.

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Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva

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