Iran Air expects 11 aircraft from Airbus and ATR before the US sanctions take effect


Sydney - Iran Air hopes to receive three new Airbus and eight ATR before the US sanctions take effect.

Before the US sanctions take effect at the beginning of August this year, Farzaneh Sharafbafi, the CEO of the Iranian state-owned company explained at the IATA Annual Meeting in Sydney that he hoped to receive eleven new planes.

The company expects eight ATR 72-600 out of twenty ordered, of which the eight already entered into service in May 2017. According to the Iranian news agency Tasnim, a solution was also found for the delivery of the last four ATR 72-600.

The three Airbus expected by Iran Air is not specified and could come from leasing companies. The company has already taken possession of the two A330-200s (32 seats in Business class, 206 in Economy) and an A321 (12 in Business Class, 182 in Economy), out of the 100 aircraft ordered in 2016 (38 A330 family aircraft, 46 A320 family aircraft, and 16 A350XWB).

Remember that the two European aircraft manufacturers are directly affected by the sanctions because of the number of US parts used in their aircraft.

Boeing already announced that it had canceled all orders signed with Iran Air in 2016 (15 777-300ER, 15 777-9, and 50 737 MAX).