Iran Air has signed a purchase agreement with Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR for up to 40 turboprop aircraft.
The deal – valued at €1 billion – consists of a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s plus 20 options. It follows commercial discussions held with the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and the Minister of Transport Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi during their recent visits to Rome and Paris.
Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s CEO said: “We are honoured to take part in this new era for Iran by providing the national airline with aircraft that will strongly contribute to reinforce and boost regional transportation across the country. We are pleased to offer to the passengers of Iran Air the highest standards of comfort and reliability, as well as the outstanding operational flexibility of the ATR 72-600.”
The landmark deal comes hot on the heals of anothe rorder places by Iran Air on January 28 for 118 Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft, consisting of 21 A320ceo family, 24 A320neo family, 27 A330ceo family, 18 A330neo (-900), 16 A350-1000s and 12 A380s.