0543 GMT October 18, 2019
"We are currently in direct negotiations with Airbus for the supply of aircraft," Abdolreza Mousavi, chairman of Zagros Air's board of directors, told Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday.
"Airbus managers have promised to make their offers by the end of February," he noted, adding that the airline is looking for immediate supply of 2-5-year-old Airbus planes.
He further explained that the purchase of brand new airliners takes time, and thus Zagros Air is looking to buy used ones.
Mousavi also referred to a visit by the sales manager of Brazil's Embraer aviation company to Iran, and said that the Iranian airline will meet the Brazilian side on Wednesday, and see what planes it can purchase from the giant South American company.
Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) Ali Abedzadeh said the country needs to purchase 160 planes to renovate its passenger aircraft fleet.
"Iran needs 160 aircraft with a capacity of 100 seats and leasing companies can cooperate with banks in our country to meet Iran's air transport needs," Abedzadeh said at an aviation industry conference in Tehran on Monday.
Earlier this month, Iran's national airline, Iran Air, finalized a contract with ATR aircraft manufacturer to purchase 20 turboprops.
The aircraft has seating capacity for 70 passengers and can be flown in short routes.
The deal followed a contract between Iran and Airbus on a major order, which includes dozens of Airbus's top-selling jets.
Iran has agreed to buy 118 Airbus jets, including 45 A320 single-aisle aircraft, 45 A330 wide-bodies, 16 A350 twin-aisle aircraft, and 12 A380's.