CEO: ATR Ready to Sell More Passenger Planes to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- CEO of French-Italian ATR Aviation Company Patrick de Castelbajac voiced his company’s readiness to supply passenger planes in different classes to Iran.

“ATR is proud of establishing cooperation with Iran in post-sanction era by supplying more airplanes to reinforce Iran’s aviation power,” de Castelbajac told reporters on Wednesday.

He said that developing aerial transportation and boosting Iran’s regional status is highly important to ATR.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Deputy Transportation Minister Asqar Fakhriyeh Kashan announced that Iran‘s national flag carrier, Iran Air, has signed a contract with the French-Italian ATR company to purchase 20 passenger planes.

“The Iran Air contract with the ATR company to buy 20 ATR 72-600 was inked by officials of both countries,” Fakhriyeh Kashan said.

Iranian Road and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced in February that his ministry and the world‘s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR are in the final stages of a passenger plane deal.

“Negotiations for the purchase of aircraft from ATR have reached the final stage and at the moment, the two sides are at the stage of exchanging documents,” Akhoundi said.

He said that with the finalization of document exchange, the introduction of the first ATR aircraft into Iran’s air fleet will begin to be followed up through official channels.

The deal was first signed in February 2016 in Tehran following the commercial discussions held in Rome and Paris during visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Akhoundi to those countries.

On January 11, French Airbus delivered the first plane to Iran under the deal between Iran and Airbus to purchase 100 passenger planes from the French manufacturer of civil aircraft.

Airbus sealed a contract with Iran Air in December to sell 100 of its passenger planes, worth over $18 billion.

 

 

 

 

Source: Fars News Agency