17 JULY 2017
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This year’s flurry of activity on the aviation front in Iran has reached a climax with the director of the country's civil aviation organisation, Ali Abedzadeh, confirming ten start-up carriers have been approved to begin moving towards full certification and launch.
Abedzadeh told the Mehr news agency the prospective carriers have a six-month window, which can be extended to a year, to design, complete, and implement their organisational structures.
"At the moment, investors from these ten new airlines are buying airplanes," he said. "We hope that some of these companies will start operating within the next six months."
Though he did not specify their names, Abedzadeh confirmed the carriers would target a spectrum of services ranging from scheduled domestic and regional routes to international flights as well as charters.
Iran is on record as having 16 active scheduled passenger carriers, four charter operators, and four dedicated cargo carriers. There are currently four known scheduled start-ups – Fly Qeshm, Jam Airlines, Nasim Air and Tehran Airlines.
The latest development follows a period of hectic airline movement in Iran, most recently a deal for Boeing to supply the country’s third-largest carrier, Aseman Airlines, with 30 B737 MAX jets with another 30 following delivery of the first batch (BTN 12 June).
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