By John Lee.
Iran’s Transport Minister, Abbas Akhoundi (pictured), has estimated that the country could need 400 new planes.
According to the report from CNN, Airbus and Boeing are in negotiations to rebuild the Iranian air fleet.
Mohammad Khodakarami, director of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, said:
“We have an active fleet of only 150 and the average age is very high …
“Many of the planes are grounded because they need repairs. We need to bring the average down below 15 years, and we need 150-passenger capacity aircraft for international flights.“
He added that new airlines such as Mahan Air now compete with Iran Air, with huge potential for growth.
“We have more than 20 million domestic passengers a year and six million international passengers on Iranian carriers. We have growth of 6% despite sanctions and if they are lifted we think the increase will be more than 10% for 10 years.“