Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development, said at a press conference on Sunday morning that “one foreign company has expressed willingness to undertake expansion of IKIA while more details will be announced upon signing of a contract.”
Referring to the country’s aircraft demand, Akhoundi asserted “we require both short-range and long-range aircrafts to meet domestic and international needs.”
He referred to the reaching of an agreement to buy 114 civilian aircraft from Airbus Group SE; “the contract will be inked soon and all the arriving aircrafts would be brand-new.”
“We possess a total of 256 aircrafts in the country of which only 150 are active,” said the road minister asserting “we aim to provide 100 short-range airplanes for Iranian airports as well as 400 medium- and long-range planes.”
“Talks have been conducted with Boeing Company while negotiations are underway with other manufacturers as well,” he underlined, Iran Daily reported.
Akhoundi also noted that having direct flights between Iran and the US requires certain negotiations which will be carried out by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization.
Emphasizing that the security of Iran’s air will be fully guaranteed, the minister concluded “renovation of the aviation fleet entails modernization of firms and companies for which the eager airliners are supposed to possess the minimum amount of capital.”