Iran announces leasing deal for 77 new planes
Iran says it has reached a final deal with a foreign leasing enterprise to finance the country’s purchases of 77 new planes from global aviation giants Boeing and Airbus.
According to Press TV, the announcement - that could facilitate plane purchase deals that Iran signed with both companies last year - was made by Ministry of Roads and Urban Development as reported by the domestic media.
The Ministry did not name the lessor nor did it specify when the leasing deal had been reached. It added that similar discussions were underway for purchases of 17 Airbus aircraft, as well as 6 Boeing jets and 8 ATR turboprop planes.
Elsewhere in its statement, the Ministry added that discussions were going on with the German airline TUI to lease three Boeing 737 planes for three years. It added that the planes would be provided to Iran’s Aseman Airlines.
Iran finalized a deal with Airbus this past December worth $18 billion to purchase a total of 100 planes from the company. The deal includes 46 A320 family, 38 A330 family, and 16 A350 XWB aircraft.
The country shortly later finalized another deal with Boeing worth $16.6 billion to purchase 80 planes.