The Iranian flag carrier, Iran Air has placed firm orders with regional transport aircraft (RTA) specialist ATR for 20 new generation ATR 72-600s, along with options for 20 more. The deal is valued at approximately € one billion. Italy and France have both facilitated the deal through the participation of export credit agencies, Sace and Coface respectively.
“We are honoured to take part in this new era in Iran by providing the national airline with aircraft that will strongly contribute to reinforce and boost regional transportation across the country,” said Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR.The order marks the re-entry of ATR into Iran’s civil aviation market, with the new generation ATR family. Airlines in Iran have been operating ATR family aircraft since 1992. ATR is likely to bag further orders for its regional transports from other Iranian domestic operators.
The new orders will add to ATR’s 2016 order backlog, which already stands at 260 aircraft valued at $6.6 billion dollars (at list prices). ATR ended 2015 with a record turnover of $2 billion and also delivered 88 aircraft, its best delivery performance ever. The new orders are in addition to the orders worth approximately $25 billion that were placed by Iran Air last week for 118 Airbus jetliners, which included: 21 A320ceo Family and 24 A320neo Family jetliners, 27 A330ceo Family airplanes, 18 A330-900neos, 16 A350-1000s and 12 A380s.