Iran, Russia discuss purchase of Tupolev-204
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Moscow, Dec 25, IRNA
Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Qolamreza Ansari discussed on Saturday purchase of Tupolev-204 planes from Russia with the managing director of 'Aviastar Aviation Company' in Oliyanovsk province in Russia.
Last year, the representatives of the Russian company visited Tehran for finalizing the sale of 5-10 Tupolev-204.
Iran flag carrier Iran-air is interested to use the planes in its domestic routes.
Iran and Russia signed an agreement last year on technical aspects of TU 204-100.
Iran officially inducted the first Iran-140 passenger plane, built with the help of Ukrainians, into its aviation fleet at Mehrabad airport last year.
The airliner is groomed for flights in semi-state owned Safiran and Caspian airlines, the official added.
Iranian airlines are seeking to refurbish their aging fleet and meet demand in the face of rising passenger numbers despite their financial troubles and US sanctions which bar the sale of aircraft and parts to the Islamic Republic.
Ansari also visited the Vaz Vehicle manufacturing company in the province and talked to the officials on cooperation in automobile production.
The factory produces 'Patriot' model with the glove compartment build by Iran-Khodro Industrial Group under dlrs 20-million agreement signed last year.
Ansari also held a meeting with the provincial governor general on expansion of industrial cooperation between Iran and the Russian province.
The TU-100-204 is similar to the Boeing 757 and Airbus A-320 but its price and the expense for servicing are less than the two mentioned planes, said a Russian aviation committee official.
Managing Director of Iran Air Saeed Hessam said here last month that Iran Air expansion should be one of the priorities in the sustainable development drive.
He added that crating value-added of the transportation sector will also boost value-added in the economy as a whole.
Iran-Air faces problems due to sanctions imposed on the country, Hessam added.
He said that modernization of the fleet and upgrading of the services, improving security, reducing flight delays and increase in operational productivity are among his program for Iran's flag carrier.
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