Second Boeing 757 to join Iranian civil fleet soon

Business Materials 21 April 2015 14:19 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Apr. 21

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

CEO of Iran's Taban Air aviation company Reza Abdollahpour has said that the country's civil aviation fleet will have a second Boeing 757 aircraft in two weeks.

He said that the first Boeing 757 joined the Iranian fleet just before the Iranian New Year holiday, which started March 21, Fars news agency reported April 21.

Abdollahpour stated that the first Boeing 757 entered the Iranian fleet on March 19 and was ready to carry passengers by the evening of that day. The aircraft has 220 seats and has a lifespan of less than15 years.

The US-led sanctions on aircraft and spare parts exports to Iran have left the Iranian airlines saddled with not only some of the oldest fleet in the Middle East, but in the world.

Back in November head of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Alireza Jahangirian said that the country needs at least 300 operational airplanes, while currently the country has only about 150, each of which are on average 20 years old. The Islamic Republic also has 76 in storage with an average age of 24 years.

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Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran , follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand