Iran needs 300 aircraft for medium-haul flights

Business Materials 24 January 2016 15:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Iranian Civil Aviation Organization needs to equip its aviation fleet with 300 aircraft capable of using for medium-haul flights, a senior Iranian aviation official said.

The head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, Ali Abedzadeh, has said that the organization currently has only nine aircraft for long-haul flights, Tasnim news agency reported Jan. 24.

Saying that within the next 10 years Iran will require 500 aircraft, Abedzadeh added that for short-haul flights the organization should add 150 aircraft with 250 seats to its fleet.

The head of the Iranian aviation organization called for investment in the country's civil aviation and said the government is keen to sign contracts with leasing companies to develop the country's aviation industry.

Abedzadeh who was addressing "CAPA Iran Aviation Summit 2016" in Tehran added that there are 16 airlines operating in Iran.

According to its website "CAPA Iran Aviation Summit 2016" brings together senior Iranian government and aviation officials and international guests from leading aviation and travel organizations to explore the prospects for market development in the post-sanction
environment in Iran.

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri inaugurated the two-day summit on January 24 where dozens of international aviation delegations attended.

Iranians have witnessed several deadly air crashes over the past years as the country failed to renew its aging aviation fleet which was subject to international sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

In a joint statement on Jan. 16, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA aka nuclear deal) and the removal of economic sanctions on Iran.

According to the statement, EU confirmed that legal framework, providing for lifting of its nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions, is effective.