24 APRIL 2017


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Article from BTNews 24 APRIL 2017

Iran Air brings in A330

Planned A330 scheduled services to Europe, set to begin next Monday (1 May), were announced last week by Iran Air, with France and Sweden the first destinations. The A330 replaces the A300-600R.

The airline will offer one service weekly between Tehran and Gothenburg and between Tehran and Paris Orly and two weekly flights between Tehran and Stockholm.

Also last week, Lufthansa said it is in talks with Iran Air over providing catering plus maintenance, repair and overhaul services to capitalise on expected growth in the Iranian economy.

Lufthansa Hub Airlines chief commercial officer Heike Birlenbach said the carrier, which already flies to Iran, is planning to expand beyond commercial flights into “all different fields”. Iran was “a huge market with high potential”.

Karsten Zang, Lufthansa’s senior director for the Gulf, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, said the company is also in discussion with Iran Air over offering flight training, considering the Iranian carrier has new aircraft coming in.

Elsewhere, Iran Air has concluded an agreement for up to 40 ATR 72-600 turboprops, originally disclosed more than a year ago. The deal covers 20 firm aircraft and 20 options and forms part of Iran Air’s fleet modernisation programme.



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