TABRIZ, Jan. 2 (MNA) – The first airline in the northwest of Iran funded by the private sector called Ata Airline started work in Tabriz.

The owner of the airline said that the company currently has four airplanes and hopes to expand its fleet in the near future, the Mehr News Agency reported.

 

Mohammad-Reza Zonouzi-Motlaq stated that over $25 million has been spent on the airline so far, and added, “none of their airplanes are Russian.

 

“Currently four Boeing MD83 airplanes are running in the airline.”

 

“These planes are of the 1996 models and each has a capacity of 165 passengers,” he noted.

 

Zonouzi-Motlaq pointed out that Tabriz will be the central point of the airline, adding that the airline is up to par with foreign standards and has the necessary permits to carry out international flights.

 

The airline flew its first ceremonial flight with regional officials as passengers to the holy city of Mashhad.

 

MRK/HB

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MNA

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