ATR deliveries to start in three weeks
IranAir is ready to take delivery of the first batch of ATR 72-600 aircraft, from an order concerning 20 aircraft with an option for 20 additional. A total of four aircraft are expected to be delivered within the next few weeks. The Ministry of Road and Urban Development previously announced the first delivery being in late-April 2017.
So far, ATR has arranged to finance eight aircraft, while only four currently are manufactured and getting prepared for delivery. According to the contract, IranAir plans to take delivery of nine ATR 72-600 aircraft in 2017. The five other aircraft will be delivered throughout the year and the remaining eleven aircraft will arrive in Iran during 2018. ATR announced the contract’s finalisation on 13 April 2017.
IranAir’s CEO and Chairman Farhad Parvaresh said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that an eight-man team currently is in Toulouse, France at ATR’s head office. The team, consisting of pilots, a maintenance crew and a legal team, has been in France since Monday (24 April 2017). The deliveries to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport are planned to start in three weeks, according to IranAir, rejecting information about a delivery already next week. All of the four aircraft are painted into IranAir’s livery and have passed the initial tests. The dispatched team has the task to inspect the aircraft and will return to Tehran once all four aircraft have received the final acceptance certificates.
A few days ago, IranAir officially added the aircraft code AT7, representing the new aircraft type ATR 72-600, in its scheduling system. On 21 April 2017, the first ATR aircraft planned to be delivered resumed flying its last test flights after having been stored in Toulouse for a shorter time of period. Yesterday, a second aircraft also resumed performing test flights. Last week, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development announced that the arrival of new ATR 72-600 aircraft will enable smaller airports, in this case specifically Jahrom Airport, to resume operations.
Last week, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development announced that the arrival of new ATR 72-600 aircraft will enable smaller airports, in this case specifically Jahrom Airport, to resume operations.
Previously reported, IranAir announced the contract’s long delay due to a row with Pratt & Whitney Canada, the supplier of the ATR engines. The Canadian manufacturer did not agree to guarantee services and spare parts after the sales to IranAir. After three weeks of negotiations in Iran, the company did not change its mind. As a result, IranAir halted the negotiations and called on ATR to pressure Pratt & Whitney Canada to come to the negotiation table. ATR has till this very moment not been able to convince the Canadians.
After Pratt & Whitney Canada’s reluctance, IranAir notified ATR its intent to opt-out from the agreement. ATR then suggested to IranAir that it would offer the ultimate service, acting as a direct supplier for spare parts and other maintenance services. IranAir challenged ATR on how it could secure the necessary licences and after a confirmation, IranAir agreed to the terms making ATR responsible for after sales services.
In October 2016, IranAir announced that it will base one ATR 72-600 at Arak Airport.
Iran eyes to produce Airbus and ATR parts
Sorena Sattari, Iran’s Vice President for Science and Technology said in an interview with ILNA that IranAir’s contracts with Airbus and ATR include a part underscoring the commencement of cooperation in producing some selected aircraft parts. According to the official, Iran has held meetings with the two aircraft manufacturers and the both sides will soon conclude the talks. The aircraft parts will be produced in Iran with a license from Airbus and ATR respectively. A list of aircraft parts planned to be produced in Iran is in the process of being finalised.
Airbus owns 50% stakes in ATR.
IranAir denied early Boeing 777 delivery
Previously reported, IranAir planned to take early delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER in May 2017. The plans have been put off as the aircraft, originally ordered by Turkish Airlines but never taken up, is not available anymore. According to a statement by IranAir, 90% of the management board was in favour of the acquisition when the aircraft was reported not being available. This means that IranAir’s plans are back to normal with the first Boeing delivery being in April 2018 and first Boeing 777 in 2019.
In March 2017, IranAir’s CEO announced that they plan to take delivery of four Airbus A320s in 2017 and five Airbus A321s in 2018.