Iran purchases 11 Airbus planes

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An Iran Air Airbus A310 passenger aircraft on Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy. Photo – Marco Visentin/Airplane-photo.com

Iran recently made a purchase of 11 Airbus A320 and A310 passenger planes which are on the verge of joining the country’s aviation fleet, the country’s semi-official news agency quoted a minister as saying on Sunday.

“The 11 passenger planes which are due to be added to the country’s airlines until the next month are Airbus 310 and 320 planes,” Nikzad told Fars News Agency while adding that the new planes will facilitate a safe and comfortable trip for passengers in Iran.

Civil Aviation Organisation president Reza Nakhjavani said in April he planned to increase the number of aircraft and replace older planes with new ones.

“We also plan to raise the fleet’s lifespan by 25%,” he said.

Iran has started implementing a plan to renew its air fleet since 2010 by not only purchasing foreign aircraft but also improving domestic production in a bid to restructure its ailing aviation industry.

Iran had also ordered the import of 13 Boeing MDs and six Airbus passenger planes back in August 2010, status of which is still unknown. It also announced the replacement of all Russian-made Tupolev airplanes which were imported back during 1980s.

Meantime, Iran has been manufacturing Iran-140 passenger planes in recent years.

Managing-Director of the Iranian Armed Forces’ Aviation Industries Organization Manouchehr Manteqi claimed in June that his organisation can manufacture any number of home-made Iran-140 planes in 6 months.

“When the plane is ordered to us (for production), we prepare it in about 6 months,” Manteqi told FNA in mid June, dismissing media reports that Iran has faced problems in manufacturing Iran-140 planes.

Iran has manufactured several IRAN-140 passenger planes in the last few years, but it has recently started manufacturing a new generation, designed and equipped with the needed tools, systems and devices for marine patrolling.

The first IRAN-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured IRAN-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country’s transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian passenger fleet.

The IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and its passenger model seats 52 persons.

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