4 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Two more European turboprops are being delivered to Iran Air next month, bringing the number of new Western aircraft handed over to the country since 2016 to nine, deputy transport minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan said on Wednesday.
They are part of a fleet of 20 ATR 72-600s which the national carrier ordered from the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer early this year as part of its programme re-equip after years of sanctions.
Iran took delivery of the first four ATR aircraft in May, with the rest due to be handed over to the country by the end of 2018, including a further five this year, to be deployed on regional routes.
Fakhrieh Kashan said the ATR fleet may be based in the Caspian city of Rasht while another hub-and-spoke model is being considered for southern Iran, with the Persian Gulf city of Bandar Abbas a candidate as the base.
Iran is also renovating its ageing fleet for international or long-distance flights under deals signed with Airbus and Boeing for 180 aircraft (BTN 12 June) with three Airbus models so far received and another due by year-end. The first Boeing is due around next May.
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