0213 GMT January 23, 2019
Secretary of the Headquarter for the Development of Aeronautics Technology of Iran's Vice Presidency for Science and Technology Manouchehr Manteqi said that Iran started the project to produce an advanced passenger plane in early 2017, reported Fars News Agency.
He put the current physical progress of manufacturing this advanced aircraft at about eight percent.
Announcing the operation date of this giant project depends on two important factors, he said, adding, "Continuous and nonstop allocation of budget to this project is one of the most important factors to keep it going in full swing."
He called on relevant officials to take effective steps to allocate funds for the completion of this important project.
He cited gaining international certificates as the second important factor, adding, "Effective steps have been taken in this respect."
"Engineers of knowledge-based companies have been hired for this important project with the aim of delivering a completely domestic-manufactured product."
Iran has made huge progress in science and technology in recent years.
Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced early in December, 2018 that Iran enjoys top position among nations of the region in the production of science and technology.
"Now, Iran ranks first in the region in science and technology," Sattari said.
Also, in June, Sattari underlined that Iran's international ranking in science production had risen from 34th to 16th.
"Iran ranks first in West Asia in terms of science output with the number of its college students rising to 4.8 million from 2.4 million," Sattari said in an address to the Second Iran-Europe Cooperation Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
Sattari said that there were 47 million Internet users in Iran who constitute nearly half of the total Internet users in the Middle East, and added, "Iran ranks first in the Middle East for production of biological drugs."
He said that Iran had one of the most successful biotech companies with young and skilled staff aged 33 on the average which exported biological drugs to 10 countries, Sattari said.