Iran to manufacture new passenger planes in months: official

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-11-17 9:24:00

Iran plans to manufacture new passenger planes by the end of the current Iranian calendar year ( March 20, 2014), semi-official Mehr news agency reported Saturday, quoting an aviation official.

The airplane, named Iran-141, has the ability to carry out domestic flights for than an hour, the managing director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), Manouchehr Manteqi, was quoted as saying.

Different parts of the airplane have been designed and manufactured, said Manteqi, adding that if the needed budget is provided, building the airplane will start by the end of the current Iranian calendar year.

According to Mehr, the former managing director of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization, Hamidreza Pahlevani, said in July that Iran would design and manufacture a twin-engine plane which could carry 150 passengers.

Manteqi did not comment on Pahlevani's remarks and did not specify the number of the passengers that the Iran-141 is able to carry.

The United States and Western countries have imposed sanctions on Iran, which bans companies from selling aircraft or spare parts to the country.

Iran is currently cooperating with Ukraine and Russia in the production and operation of the An-140 airliner, which can carry 52 passengers.

After purchasing the production license for the An-140 from Ukraine in 2000, Iran built its first Iran-140 passenger plane in 2003, said the report.

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