Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Two Iranian airlines plan to buy 73 Airbus jets, one more to buy aircraft from Boeing

Airbus has announced new deals with Iran on the sidelines of the 52nd Le Bourget Paris Air Show, reassuring its commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and associated rules.

According to the European aircraft manufacturer, Zagros Airlines as well as Iran Airtour Airlines agreed on Thursday to acquire a total of 73 aircraft.

Zagros Airlines

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft, the French aircraft manufacturer said in a statement.

The commitment was signed at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris Air Show by Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi, Zagros Airlines CEO, and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus COO and President for Commercial Aircraft.

According to the statement, to date Zagros Airlines is the largest domestic single-aisle Airbus operator in Iran with 11 A320ceo family aircraft.

Iran Airtour Airlines

On the same day, Airbus said the Tehran-based Iran Airtour Airlines has also become the French aircraft manufacturer’s newest customer for the A320neo family after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show.

Airbus assured that the MoUs are contingent upon all necessary approvals, including those from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Airbus will continue to act in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and associated rules.

The Middle Eastern country’s flag carrier, Iran Air, has already ordered 100 Airbus and 80 Boeing planes since Tehran concluded the JCPOA with the world powers in 2015.

Over the recent months, Iran has taken delivery of three Airbus and four ATR aircraft.

In order to renew its aviation fleet, Iran requires 500 new aircraft in the next 10 years.

Iran’s Qeshm Air to buy 10 planes from Boeing

Only a day after two Iranian airlines announced deals to purchase planes from European aviation giant Airbus, another Iranian carrier says it has sealed a third deal to buy advanced aircraft from US plane-maker Boeing.

Iran’s media quoted the head of Qeshm Air as saying on Friday that the company had placed an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX planes.

Mahmoud Shekarabi was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying that the purchase of an additional five planes from Boeing 737-800 family was also on agenda.

Shekarabi added that the related deal with the American aviation major would be signed within the next two months.

The purchase, he emphasized, followed months of negotiations in Mexico and Iran.

The official also said Boeing would obtain the required licenses from the US Treasury Department for the sales of planes to Iran, adding that deliveries would be made after 2022.

Aviationpros and PressTV contributed to this report

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