Iranian official: direct Iran-US flights may be launched till two months

Business Materials 19 November 2013 21:09 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 19

By Umid Niayesh - Trend: If the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 lead to positive results, Iran will ready to resume direct flights with the United States till the end of 2013, Iranian Deputy Road Minister for Aviation Affairs Ali Mohammad Nourian said, Tasnim news portal reported on Nov. 19.

Nourian also underlined that the US and Canadian aviation companies are interested to launch Iran-US direct flights.

"The companies have announced that they are ready to launch flights with their fleet of Boeing 777," he said, adding that Iran is pursuing the issue.

Three Iranian aviation companies including Iran Air, Maham and Aseman are also ready to launch long-range flights, Nourian added.

Iran air can launch flights with its fleet of Boeing 747, he said, adding that, Mahan Airlines have three long-range Airbus 340 airplanes which can participate in the flights.

On Nov.19, managing Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Airline (Iran Air), Farhad Parvaresh announced that Iran Air is ready to restart direct flight from the country to the United States.

On behalf of Iran Air, Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was informed about the upcoming flights, Parvaresh added.

Without mentioning the exact US cities, to which Iran Air would be re-launching flights, Parvaresh recalled that Iran Air earlier had direct flights to New York.

Earlier this month, Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Ali Reza Jahangirian said that everything is ready for the resumption of direct flights between Iran and the US and the Civil Aviation Organization is just waiting for the Iranian government's final approval.

On September 30, Iranian media outlets quoted the caretaker of the High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad, Akbar Torkan as saying that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered a study of the feasibility of such a flight.

"Rouhani stressed providing better services to Iranians across the globe," Torkan added.