Iran Adds Five Aircraft To Air Fleet

June 11--Iran has added five aircraft to its air fleet from the beginning of the current Iranian year (which stated on March 21).

Deputy Director of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Habibi said on June 11 that Iran has a total of 251 airplanes, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported.

He went on to note that some other aircraft will be added to the country's air fleet by the end of the current year (March 21, 2015).

Head of Iran Civil Aviation Organization Alireza Jahangirian said on Dec. 7 that most of Iran's current aircraft would be out of service by Iranian calendar year of 1404 (2025) so the country needs to annually add 30 aircraft to its air fleet.

"That would annually cost at least one billion dollars for Iran's aviation industry," the ISNA News Agency quoted Jahangirian as saying.

Iran plans to increase the number of its aircraft up to 550 by Iranian calendar year of 1404 (2025).

The Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi said on Sept. 11 that the situation of Iran's aviation industry is not satisfactory.

"The country's air fleet is old which raises safety concerns," the Tasnim News Agency quoted Akhoundi as saying.

"The costumers are not satisfied with the services the domestic airlines provide," he added.

He went on to note that old airplanes consume more fuel compared to the new ones; therefore the new aircraft are economically justified.

The Managing Director of Iran Airtour Airline Sirous Baheri said on Sept. 1 that over 60 percent of Iran's airplanes are grounded due to technical and logistic issues.

Iranian airlines' air fleet is averagely 22 years old, the ISNA News Agency reported.

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