Iran’s Aseman Airline Renovating Fleet: CEO
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – CEO of Aseman Airline unveiled plans to renovate and expand its fleet with new planes, saying the Iranian airline has received 15 passenger planes over the past three years.
In comments at a press conference on Sunday, Hossein Alaei said Aseman Airline has plans to boost its fleet with modern planes.
A total of 15 Boeing, Airbus and Fokker planes have joined the fleet of Aseman over the past three years, he added, expressing the hope that an agreement with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing would come into force without the US administration’s obstruction.
In April 2017, Aseman signed a major contract with Boeing to purchase 60 passenger jets.
Aseman is going to receive 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $3 billion under the contract, which also provides the Iranian airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs.
In the meantime, the managing director of Atiyeh Saba Investment Co. said on Sunday that Aseman would take delivery of the first Boeing plane in 2020.
Iran is gradually receiving the passenger planes purchased from Airbus, ATR , and Boeing, following the implementation of the JCPOA, a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Since the coming into force of the JCPOA in January 2016, Iran has received a total of 11 new planes.
During a January 2016 visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran signed a major contract with Airbus worth about $27 billion to buy 118 planes.
Later in June 2016, Iran sealed another deal worth around $25 billion with the US aerospace heavyweight, Boeing, for the purchase of 100 passenger planes.
In December 2016, the deal with Boeing was finalized, allowing Iran to buy 80 planes within 10 years.