Iran Air, the flag carrier airline of Iran, received its initial four ATR 72-600s. ATR and Iran Air signed previously this year a contract for 20 ATR 72-600s and options for a further 20. Deliveries of the 20 firm aircraft will extend until the end of 2018.
Following the relief on international sanctions on Iran, there is a need to modernise and expand air transportation to improve local economies throughout the country and enhance connectivity between the regions. Iran relies on a strong domestic infrastructure,that numbers 60 airports that the ATRs are fully capable of serving. The ATR 72-600 is ideal for operations in many types of challenging environments, including small airfields, unpaved runways and mountainous regions. The ATR 72-600 will form the hub of the regional aircraft of the Iran Air fleet and will significantly add to the development of the services provided by the national airline across the country.
Christian Scherer, chief executive officer of ATR, declared, “There are still historical moments in aviation, and this is one of them. We are proud and gratified that our ATR aircraft are providing the solution to Iran’s significant needs in regional connectivity. As Iran’s travelling public gains access to increased supply of air transportation, it will benefit from the highest standards of comfort, efficiency and reliability with the ATR´s we are delivering today and over the coming months. We salute Iran Air for their choice in our favour and the tremendous role they play in their country.”
Farhad Parvaresh, chief executive officer of Iran Air, commented, “Our new fleet of ATR 72-600s showcases our will to provide newest generation aircraft to our customers, therefore ensuring comfort, reliability and competitiveness. Strengthening the links between all our communities will encourage new business opportunities for everyone.”