Official: Iran Aseman Airlines to expand passenger plane fleet

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran Aseman Airlines plans to equip its passenger fleet with modern airplanes soon, the Airlines’ Public Relations Director Siyavosh Chavoushi announced on Sunday.

“Two passenger planes will be added to the Aseman air fleet in the current (Iranian) month (ends December 21),” Chavoushi said.

He underlined that Iran Aseman Airlines presently has 33 passenger planes.

Last month, Managing Director of Iran Aseman Airlines Abbas Rahmatiyan announced that plans “are underway” to develop his airlines and expand its activities in most parts of the country, Middle East region and also increase its flights to the European destinations.

“We have plans to use new airplanes for long-distance flights and in this regard we are thinking of long-range airplanes,” he said, adding, “The fleet of Iran Aseman Airlines now has 33 airplanes.

Earlier this month, former Head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Reza Pahlavani announced that “Iran plans to renovate” its fleet of passenger planes and also upgrade the country’s safety flight standards this year.

“If we add 20 passenger planes to our fleet each year, we will achieve our specified goal of having a fleet with 550 aircraft by 2025,” Pahlavani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran. He said that a sum of 21 airplanes joined Iran’s fleet last Iranian year (ended March 20), and continued, “24 other planes, including three Airbus 320s, have joined the country’s passenger fleet so far this year (started March 21).”

Pahlavani said that a sum of 13 other passenger jets, including seven planes to be imported by the airlines and six brand new ones in coordination with the government, will be added to the fleet.

He reiterated that Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization acts in accordance with the safety regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and said, “The objective of implementing these regulations is upgrading our flight safety standards …”

In May, Pahlavani announced that several new passenger planes would join the country’s air fleet in the current Iranian year (started March 21).

“A number of planes will be added to the national fleet this year,” Pahlavani said.

In April, Iran announced that its national carrier, Iran Air (Homa), added six new passenger planes to its fleet in the last Iranian year (ended March 20).

According to a report by the official website or the Iranian Ministry of Road and Urban Development, Iran Air added 6 new passenger planes last year.

Since 2010 Iran has started a plan to renew its air fleet not only through purchase of foreign planes, but also through domestic production in a bid to improve conditions in its aviation industry.

In January, Pahlavani announced that a number of home-made passenger planes, capable of carrying 80, 100 and 150 passengers, will join the country’s air fleet.

The Islamic Republic of Iran plans to manufacture three domestically-designed passenger planes by 2026, Pahlavani said at the time.

Iran announced last year that it aims to fly its first Antonov-158 jointly built with the Ukrainian company in 2013.

The new air vehicle with a seating capacity of 100 passengers will be the next generation of Iran-140 airplane.

After purchasing the production license for the Antonov-140 from Ukraine in 2000, Iran built its first Iran-140 passenger plane in 2003.

The first IRAN-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured IRAN-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country’s transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian passenger fleet.

The IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and its passenger model seats 52 people.

By Fars News Agency 


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