Iran bans airlines' purchase of old planes
Iran's minister of roads and transportation has declared that the Iranian airlines will no longer be allowed to buy cheap or old airplanes, Press TV reported.
"[Iranian] Airlines are allowed to buy planes produced after 1995, but in the near future they will be allowed to purchase only planes that are produced after 2000," IRNA quoted Hamid Behbahani as saying.
Behbahani was speaking at Iran's first exhibition on investment opportunities in the airport industry and aviation on Saturday.
He said that Iran has 193 passenger planes, of which 25 were purchased this year (Iranian calendar).
"Just after the Islamic Revolution, Iran had only 20 passenger planes and four years ago Iran had 102 planes," Behbahani added.