0731 GMT January 27, 2020
The ATR72-600 passenger planes were delivered to Iran's representative in a ceremony attended by Iran Air CEO Farhad Parvaresh and ATR's financial manager Giovanni Tramparulo in the French city of Toulouse on Tuesday, IRNA reported.
Tramparulo said that his company takes pride in delivering aircraft to Iran which meet the needs of the country in regional flights.
In relevant remarks in April, Parvaresh said that the Iran Air is to receive four ATR aircraft within three weeks.
Parvaresh further 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. It is the third plane manufacturer, after Airbus and Boeing, to successfully sign lucrative deals with Iran. Efforts to sign a deal with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer had been uninspiring and plans were shelved in favor of Airbus and Boeing.