0908 GMT July 17, 2019
According to Fars News Agency, Iran Air CEO Farzaneh Sharafbafi told reporters at Bandar Abbas International Airport on Thursday, "We have finalized a contract to purchase of six more passenger planes and another contract for 20 other ATR aircraft is being drawn up with the Franco-Italian plane manufacturer."
She noted that the new ATR planes will operate on ten domestic flight routes.
"The next stage will be to have the ATR aircraft fly to Persian Gulf littoral states," she added.
She hoped that based on the contract, all the ATR aircraft will be delivered to Iran by the end of 2018 in order to boost the aviation sector.
In a relevant development in April, Iran signed a deal on the purchase of 20 ATR 72-600 with ATR as a third aircraft manufacturer after having signed lucrative deals with Airbus and Boeing following the implementation of the nuclear deal.
The first package including four out of the twenty purchased ATR aircraft landed in Tehran in May 17, followed by two more on September 29.