IranAir to receive 5 new ATR planes Sunday

TEHRAN, Aug. 04 (MNA) – Five new planes manufactured by Franco-Italian turboprop planemaker ATR will land at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on Sun. morning to join the national flag carrier IranAir fleet.

According to Iran Civil Aviation Organization, the National Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran – Iran Air – will receive five new ATR planes tomorrow, as part of the 20 ATR 72-600s which IranAir signed with the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer in 2017.

The five ATR planes will land at Tehran Mehrabad International Airport at 9 a.m. on Sunday, according to the report.

On Wednesday, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he was "hopeful" that ATR would get permission from the US to deliver eight regional planes to Iran before August 6, when sanctions against Tehran would return.

Deliveries of turboprop aircraft were halted in May after US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions against Iran, which prevent planemakers whose aircraft contain more than 10% US-made components from exporting planes to Iran.

Iran received the first four ATR aircraft last May, two more in September, and another two in December. With the five more planes to be received on Sunday, ATR will have fulfilled the delivery of 13 out of the 20 planes under the contract.

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