Iran needs 400 new aircraft in the next ten years, the country’s top aviation official was quoted by Reuters as saying.
In the report, Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation, revealed that Iran would seek mass purchases of aircraft if the sanctions, which prevented the country from buying Western aircraft since the 1970s, were lifted.
“Iranian airlines will be ready to buy 40 passenger planes every year for 10 years if sanctions are lifted,” said Jahangirian.
Jahangirian added that out of Iran’s 250 commercial planes, about 150 were flying while the rest are “not functional” due to a lack of spare parts.
According to Reuters, Iran’s four largest carriers — Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours — all have average fleet ages above 22 years.