Hamidreza Pahlavani said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization have accomplished their 10-day visit to evaluate 11 aviation factors of the Iranian aviation system as beyond expectation.
He added "Currently the domestically-made Iran140 aircraft is being used for domestic flights. Some countries have also ordered the plane.”
Pahlavani also provided comments on the introduction of new airplanes with long flight capabilities and stated "These 3 new airplanes belong to Asman and Mahan aviation companies. Currently the airplanes are placed at flight routs and are being used for international flights for their long-flight capabilities.”
He also said that currently 217 airplanes operate in the Iranian aviation industry. "Of these” he added "8 airplances were recently added, 3 of which are long-flight.”
Head of Iran’s Aviation Organization further provided comments on the ICAO inspection of the Iranian aviation industry and said "After 10 days of inspection the agents reported that 11 parameters have been beyond expectation. This is very promising for us.”
Pahlavani then addressed the odds of the reemergence of the Tupolev airplanes in the Iranian aviation system and said "Of the grounded Tupolevs 35 are sound and there exist 45 new engines in the industry. If these planes are made to fit parameters set by the organization then their return would be considered.”
He also added that the average age for the Iranian aviation fleet is 22 years and that with the new aircrafts the number would diminish.
He also stated that $200 million has been allocated to the aviation fleet.