“ATR will deliver nine passenger planes to national flag carrier, Iran Air, in 2017 and four of them will be handed over to Iran next week,” Iranian Deputy Road and Urban Development Minister Asqar Fakhriyeh Kashan said on Saturday.
The senior official underlined that all four airplanes purchased from the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR have successfully passed primary tests and are conducting pilot takeoffs and landings at Toulouse–Blagnac Airport in France.
“Additionally, logo of Iran Air is painted on the fuselage of the manufactured jetliners,” he added.
In relevant remarks in April, CEO of Iran Air, national flag carrier, Farhad Parvaresh said that the Iranian airline will receive four ATR aircraft within three weeks given that the deadline for the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer has expired for a week.
Parvaresh also noted that, as per the contract with Boeing, the first Boeing 777 Wide-body jet airliner will be delivered to Iran Air in a year time.
He also pointed to the latest status of the negotiations with the largest German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and said, “Not long ago, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Lufthansa on technical and operational training, catering and corporate restructuring as well as business cooperation; the agreement was recently implemented in the commercial sector though talks are still underway on other provisions.”
The French-Italian ATR plane manufacturer has signed a contract with Iran Air to provide it with 20 planes. This is a third plane manufacturer after Airbus and Boeing had successfully signed lucrative deals with Iran. Efforts to sign a deal with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer had been uninspiring and plans were abandoned in favor of Airbus and Boeing.