CEO: 14 more new planes to join Iran Air fleet next year

FNA- Chairwoman and CEO of Iran Air, the country’s national flag carrier, Farzaneh Sharafbafi announced that the company will receive 14 more new passenger planes in the next Iranian year (to start on March 21).

“Next year, almost 14 new planes will join the Iran Air fleet, based on the contracts,” Sharafbafi told FNA on Sunday.

She also said that Italy and France have opened special credit lines for Iran, expressing the hope that a part of the credit lines will be allocated to the contracts between Iran Air and ATR and Airbus aviation companies.

Sharafbafi had also in December said that Airbus has agreed to finance Iran’s purchase from the European firm.

“Iran Air has signed contracts to purchase 80 Boeing, 20 ATR and 100 Airbus planes,” Sharafbafi told FNA at the time.

“The US Congress’s tightened supervision over these contracts might delay issuance of license by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Treasury Department a little, but it would not call off the permissions to buy Boeing aircraft,” she added.

Sharafbafi also said that 3 Airbus 321 and 330 as well as 6 ATR passengers planes have so far been delivered to Iran.

Asked about finding foreign finance for the purchase of Iran Air planes, she said, “We are in talks over this issue, although Airbus has taken up to finance the planes.”

In relevant remarks in August, Sharafbafi said that Iran Air is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 new passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air.

“Many proposals have been submitted to Iran Air and a preliminary decision will be made by next month,” Sharafbafi said.

She reiterated that ATR, a joint venture between Airbus and Italian company Leonardo which signed a firm contract with Iran Air for 20 turboprop aircraft and options for a further 20 planes early this year, is willing to finance the purchases.