News ID: 238964
Published: 0410 GMT February 16, 2019

Iran Air to increase flights during Norouz holidays

Iran Air to increase flights during Norouz holidays

Iran Air will operate more flights to handle the high-season trips during Norouz holidays marking the start of the new Iranian year (March 21), said the company's chief executive.

Farzaneh Sharafbafi told reporters during a ceremony to inaugurate a new Iran Air hangar at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport that the national carrier will add a total of 380 seats to its capacity during the holidays, reported Tasnim News Agency.

She noted that Iran Air is carrying the burden of flights to Europe despite the pressure imposed by the sanctions.

According to Sharafbafi, Iran Air has 29 passenger planes in service with a total of 4,500 flight seats.

In remarks in December 2018, she had stressed that Iran Air would push for the delivery of the passenger planes it has purchased from Airbus.

Iran has received a total of 16 passenger planes since the 2015 nuclear deal went into effect, including three from Airbus and 13 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR.

The US decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reinstate sanctions led to the collapse of deals worth about $38 billion between Tehran and Western firms, with Airbus suffering greater damages than its US rival Boeing.

During a January 2016 visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran signed a major contract with Airbus worth about $27 billion to buy 118 planes.

Later in June that year, Iran sealed another deal worth around $25 billion with the US aerospace giant, Boeing, for the purchase of 100 passenger planes.

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