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Iran Air to renovate existing fleet

11 August 2010 10:18

Iran Air plans to replace its existing planes with new aircrafts in an attempt to rejuvenate its fleet, the head of the Iranian flag carrier has announced.

“The state-owned airline is to renovate its fleet by replacing its existing aircrafts, which were questioned by Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA), with newly purchased ones,” Iran Air’s Chairman Farhad Parvaresh was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying on Wednesday.

“Iran Air flights will continue as scheduled; none of the flights have been canceled regarding ambiguities of the Iran Air fleet,” the Iranian official added.

According to the news agency, Parvaresh announced Iran Air had already launched direct international flights connecting Tehran-Shiraz-London and Mashhad-Frankfort this summer.

Earlier, an EU air safety committee announced that it was going to ban Iran Air for safety concerns over its fleet of Airbus A320s, Boeing 727s and the 747 aircraft.

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