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The pilot of a new Airbus plane for Iran Air waves a national flag after landing at Mehrabad airport, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12, 2017 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).

Free from Sanctions, Iran Moves to Modernize Its Commercial Aviation Fleet

Monday, June 5, 2017

Last month, at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, the French firm ATR officially gave four passenger planes to Iran, and the planes were flown to Tehran the following day. The ATR 72-600s are the first of a 20-plane deal made with the firm following the 2015 nuclear deal and lifting of sanctions, according to the Associated Press, and their purchase is part of a larger effort by Iran to update its commercial fleet. In an email interview, Bijan Khajehpour, managing partner of the Vienna-based consulting firm Atieh International, describes the current needs of Iran’s aviation sector as well as the obstacles that remain to meeting them.

WPR: What is the current state of Iran’s commercial aviation sector, and how has it been affected by sanctions over the years? ...

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