Iran's aging air fleet will be given the breath of life in the near future, as government officials plan to import planes to replace old and unsafe models.
On Sunday, former Head of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Hamidreza Pahlevani said that while seven aircraft have already been imported from abroad, six new aircraft will be added to the country's air fleet in near future.
Pahlevani told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA):
"Last year 21 planes were added to the country's airline fleet, and this year, 24 planes were added to the fleets, three of which were [the] Airbus 320."
Pahlevani added that if 20 new planes are added to the country's air fleet, Iran will have 550 planes by the end of 2025. In addition, plane part production has doubled in the last year.
Iran's aviation industry has been on a bumpy ride for a number of years. Most of Iran Air's fleet is old and potentially unsafe, due to economic sanctions which stopped the carrier from purchasing planes from the West. Flights have not taken place directly between Tehran and the U.S. since the 1970's, but in a bid to promote Iran's aviation industry, direct flights between the two countries are now in the works.
Head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Ali Reza Jahangirian hopes that the country can eventually secure one percent of the $2,000 billion worldwide air transport industry, which would contribute $20 billion to the country's economy every year.
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