Iran strengthens national fleet with 25 planes

December 19th, 2011 - 8:02 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Dec 19 (IANS) Iran has enhanced its national fleet with 25 passenger planes since June and plans to purchase 20 more in future, the Tehran Times has reported.

The country has bought 25 new planes for domestic airlines, said the Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Ali Nikzad Saturday but did not reveal where it purchased the planes from, Xinhua reported.

Iran’s aging air fleet has suffered several air disasters involving both civil and military aircraft in recent years, leaving dozens killed.

As per experts, the US-imposed sanctions against Iran, which prevented its allies from selling aircraft or aircraft parts to the country, have undermined safety standards of Iran’s civil and military aviation fleet. The sanctions are increasing the likelihood of more air disasters.

Iran is in talks with Russia to buy a number of short-range 100-seat passenger planes, Nikzad said.

Russia has proposed to sell the planes to Iran, the minister said, adding that the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran should approve the purchase.

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