Iran receives first Boeing plane in post-sanctions era
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 21
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran has received its first aircraft from the US Boeing Company following the removal of international sanctions on January 2016.
The first Boeing aircraft, which was purchased from the US aircraft manufacturer company was delivered to Naft Airlines on Sept. 18, Nourollah Rezaie Niaraki, managing director of the company, said, Mehr news agency reported.
The Iranian Naft Airlines signed a deal with Boeing to purchase four 737 planes following the removal of sanctions, Niaraki said, adding that the remaining three aircrafts will be delivered to Iran by March 2017.
He further said that the passenger carrying capacity of the Iranian Naft Airlines has increased by 150 seats to 900 seats, after purchase of the new aircraft.
Niaraki said in July that the airline plans to purchase 10 Airbus aircrafts to speedily develop its fleet.
According to the official, flights to Iran’s oil rich south regions and islands share 80 percent of the company’s flights.
Niaraki said that his company conducts 30 hours/day flight to the oil rich islands and regions, including Sirri, Lavan, Kharg, Gachsaran and Khouzestan Province.