Iran’s Qeshm Air to buy 10 planes from Boeing
Only a day after two Iranian airlines announced deals to purchase planes from European aviation giant Airbus, another Iranian carrier says it has sealed a third deal to buy advanced aircraft from US plane-maker Boeing.
Iran’s media quoted the head of Qeshm Air as saying on Friday that the company had placed an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX planes.
Mahmoud Shekarabi was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying that the purchase of an additional five planes from Boeing 737-800 family was also on agenda.
Shekarabi added that the related deal with the American aviation major would be signed within the next two months.
The purchase, he emphasized, followed months of negotiations in Mexico and Iran.
The official also said Boeing would obtain the required licenses from the US Treasury Department for the sales of planes to Iran, adding that deliveries would be made after 2022.
Zagros Airlines and Iran Airtour – two private Iranian airlines – announced on Thursday that they had signed agreements with Airbus to purchase a total of 73 passenger jets from the European plane-maker.
Accordingly, Zagros Airlines said it would buy 20 aircraft from the single-aisle Airbus A320neo family and eight A330neo planes. Iran Airtour’s order would comprise 45 planes of the A320neo type.
Both companies are believed to be planning to use the new planes for their domestic and international flights.
According to estimates from the Iranian civil aviation authority, the country’s airlines will need to purchase between 400 and 500 new planes over the next decade.
The country’s national flag-carrier airline – Iran Air – has already signed deals to buy 100 planes from Airbus, 80 from US rival Boeing and 20 from ATR.
Iran’s Aseman Airlines has also signed an agreement to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.
The 737 MAX is equipped with the latest technologies that have given it the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. It will also be 14 percent more fuel efficient than Boeing most efficient Next-Generation 737s.