By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Member
Iran’s purchase of 20 ATR passenger aircraft is in its final stages and the deal could be completed as soon as possible, a senior Iranian aviation official said on Saturday..
After finalization of the deal, valued at 400 million U.S. dollars, 20 passenger planes will be delivered to Iran in a scheduled manner, Iranian Deputy Road and Urban Development Minister Asqar Fakhriyeh Kashan was quoted as saying by semi-official Fars News Agency.
“ATR will deliver three or four passenger planes to Iran Air, Iran’s national flag air carrier, by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ending on March 20),” Fakhriyeh Kashan said.
According to Fakhriyeh Kashan, representatives of the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer will arrive in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday to discuss selling of the passenger planes to the country.
In February 2016, ATR, reported preliminary orders from Iran for 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft and options for another 20.
ATR is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France.
Also in December, Iran Air finalized another agreement with the U.S. Boeing to purchase 80 commercial planes.
The agreement envisages the purchase of 50 twinjet narrow-body Boeing 737 planes and 30 long-range wide-body 777 aircraft with a total value of 16.6 billion dollars.
The planes by Boeing would be delivered to Iran within 10 years. The first deliveries are expected in 2018.