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Proton to Return to Iran

By John Lee. Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings will reportedly return to Iran. According to New Straits Times, Proton’s parent company set up Proton Motor Parsian Company (Ltd) (PMPC) on 10th April. The new company will assemble cars with completely knocked down and semi knocked down parts. (Source: New Straits Times)

Iran offers Russia €3bn Rail Electrification Projects

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly proposed rail electrification projects worth 3 billion euros to Russia. Alexander Misharin (pictured), Russian Railways First Vice-President, has said the projects include electrifying 3,000 kilometers of rail lines. He told Russia’s Sputnik news agency: “Three-thousand kilometers, a big project. We agreed to sit down at the negotiating table and […]

Sinomach signs $836m Railway Project with Iran

China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) has signed a cooperation agreement with Iran to build a railway expansion project in the country. Costing 5.35 billion yuan ($836.87 million), the railway line connects Tehran, Hamadan and Sanandaj, with a total length of 470 kilometers. According to the agreement, Sinomach Heavy Industry is responsible for the design, […]

Kermanshah connected to National Rail Network

The president opened the 110-kilometer long Firouzan-Kermanshah railway on Tuesday, hours before the turn of the new year. Dr Hassan Rouhani appeared in Kermanshah Railway Station and opened the Firouzan-Kermanshah railway project, ordering the first passenger train to leave Kermanshah for the holy city of Mashhad. When opening the project, the president said: “I open […]

Ban on Iranian Airline’s ATR Flights Lifted

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran lifted a month-long ban that prevented the Aseman Airlines from operating its ATR planes after a fatal crash in February. The public relations department of the Civil Aviation Organization said the temporary halt on the employment of ATR 72-200 and -500 models by Aseman has been lifted after release […]

Iran Air to Recruit Female Pilots: CEO

CEO of Iran Air Farzaneh Sharafbafi said the country’s national flag-carrier airline plans to recruit female pilots for the first time. “This is highly significant for us to have female pilots among our personnel,” Sharafbafi made the announcement on Tuesday. Iran Air is based in Tehran and flies to more than 25 domestic destinations and […]

Iran, Serbia resume Direct Flights after 27 Years

After a gap of 27 years, direct flights between Iran and Serbia resumed Saturday, when an IranAir jet touched down at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport, Serbian media reported. IranAir is offering a direct service between Tehran and Belgrade twice weekly, with all flights fully booked until the end of the summer, the reports said, according […]

Iran Plans Major Boost to Tehran Int’l Airport

Under a multi-billion-euro project to expand Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), new terminals would be built that, along with the existing one, could handle 100 million passengers a year, an official said. Speaking at a press conference on ideas for the design of a new air terminal dubbed “Iran-Shahr”, Shahram Adamnejad, CEO of Imam […]

Swiss Firm Denies Major Infrastructure Deal with Iran

Switzerland’s Stadler Rail denied reports that it signed a $1.4 billion infrastructure contract with Iran for 960 wagons for an underground railway system. In a statement on Friday, Stadler Rail said there was no deal or decision between Tehran and Bern but merely a public tender, Swissinfo website reported. This is while the Swiss embassy […]

US Moves Against “Illicit Iran Aircraft Network”

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has acted against Turkish national Gulnihal Yegane and three affiliated Turkish companies who are involved in illicitly procuring and supplying Iranian airlines with U.S.-origin aircraft engines and spare parts. The action, called a “temporary denial order” (TDO), suspends the export privileges of Gulnihal Yegane (“Yegane”), […]

“No US License Needed” to Buy Sukhoi Jet

The modifications that Sukhoi has made to its Superjet-100 passenger plane would allow the Russian aircraft manufacturer to sell the plane to Iran without the need for a license from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), an Iranian official announced. Speaking to Tasnim on Monday, Secretary of Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud […]

Oman Budget Airline to serve Shiraz

By John Lee. Oman’s SalamAir is to launch its first service to Iran from 28th February. The budget airline will operate two weekly flights to Shiraz, which it says is seeing increasing popularity as a medical and tourism destination. It also expects to launch services to Tehran and Mashhad in the future. (Source: Muscat Daily)

ATA Airlines to start Islamabad-Mashhad Flights

By John Lee. Iran’s ATA Airlines is set to launch a weekly flight between Mashhad and Islamabad. Daily Pakistan reports that the inaugural flight will arrive at Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Saturday 10th February 10:00 pm, departing on Sunday at 1:00 am. Kish Air is operating direct flights between Islamabad and Tehran; Iran […]

PSA Sells 444,600 Units in Iran

By John Lee. French carmaker Groupe PSA, which makes the Peugeot and Citroen brands, has reported that it has sold 444,600 units in Iran in 2017. Consolidated sales in the Middle East & Africa region were up by 61.4% on the previous year. In a statement, the company also made reference to the production start-up […]

Plane Deals to Take Longer to Complete

Iran would finally take delivery of dozens of European jets it has ordered following the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, John Leahy, Airbus Sales Chief, said, noting that the process could take longer to complete than planned. “I think those deals will get fulfilled, maybe not on the original schedule,” Leahy told […]

Reformists gain Points while Smog Smothers Tehran

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Reformists rack up political points while smog smothers Tehran Iran’s air pollution crisis, which claimed more than 4,800 lives in 2016, has become yet another area for scoring political points for both the […]

Iran, India Sign Major Rail Deal

Iran and India have signed a deal worth 2 billion US dollars for cooperation in the rail sector, a report said. The agreement was inked Friday in India’s capital New Delhi in the presence of Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s minister of roads and urban development, and his Indian counterpart Nitin Gadkari, the report said, according to […]

Iran, India to Finalize Railroad Project Deal

During a planned visit to New Delhi, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development and his Indian counterpart are expected to make the final decision about details of a deal on financing a railroad linking the Iranian southeastern cities of Zahedan and Chabahar, an official said. In a meeting with India’s ambassador to Tehran, Iranian […]

Border Crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan Reopen

Iran’s two border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region have resumed their operations following an announcement by the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), the director general of the Interior Ministry’s border affairs department said. Shahriar Heidari said that according to the interior minister, the Parviz Khan border crossing in the western province of Kermanshah and the […]