News ID: 204349
Published: 0413 GMT November 14, 2017

ATR to deliver eight more planes to Iran soon

ATR to deliver eight more planes to Iran soon

European plane maker ATR plans to deliver eight more turboprop planes to Iran within the next few weeks.

This was announced by ATR Chief Executive Officer Christian Scherer who said the deliveries would be made under export licenses issued by the US Treasury Department following the lifting of international nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in 2016, Press TV reported.

Scherer further underlined that the company, which is jointly owned by Airbus and Italian aerospace group Leonardo, had recorded a 50-percent growth in the number of international deliveries for 2017 compared to the figure for last year.

ATR, which competes with Canada's Bombardier, has seen a marked recovery in orders this year after they dropped by more than half to 36 in 2016 — their lowest level in seven years, Reuters reported.

In early 2017, the company signed an agreement with Iran to sell 20 turboprop planes to the country's national flag-carrier airline Iran Air.

Iran Air took delivery of the first four ATR aircraft in May and two more in late September.

The planes has a seating capacity for 70 passengers and is used in flights over a maximum distance of 1,528 kilometers.

They are projected to be used among regional cities as part of a commercial plan, covering a populous crescent straddling Iran’s northwest and northeast.

Iran's aviation officials had earlier said the ATR fleet may be based in the Caspian city of Rasht to connect small towns to major cities such as Tabriz and Mashhad in Iran and the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

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