Efforts underway to receive 3 remaining ATR planes

TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) – Farzaneh Sharafbafi, Director of the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, says that they are working to receive the 3 remaining ATR planes despite the risk of US sanctions.

The Iran Air chief made the remarks on Sunday at a ceremony held in Tehran as 5 ATR planes landed at Mehrabad International Airport.

Mrs Sharafbafi said that the 5 planes that landed in Iranian capital today despite the risk of US sanctions showed that negotiations and cooperation with Italian and French official to deliver the planes were fruitful.

“The planes delivery showed that the European Union can protect its companies and Iranian investors,” she added.

Saying that the delivery of the latest 5 planes to Iran took only eight days, she further noted that the cooperation with the ATR company will continue, expressing hope that long and medium range airplanes will be delivered to Iran in the near future.

Five ATR turboprop aircraft landed in Mehrabad Airport this morning as part of the 20 ATR 72-600s which Iran Air signed with the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer in 2017.

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

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