0432 GMT January 21, 2018
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Patrick de Castelbajac said ATR is proud of establishing cooperation with Iran in post-sanction era by supplying more airplanes to reinforce Iran’s aviation power, reported Fars News Agency.
He said that developing air transportation and boosting Iran's regional status is highly important to ATR.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iran's Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan announced that Iran's national flag carrier, Iran Air, has signed a contract with ATR to purchase 20 ATR 72-600 passenger planes.
Earlier, Iran's Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced in February that his ministry and the world's leading turboprop manufacturer ATR are in the final stages of concluding a passenger plane deal.
"Negotiations for the purchase of aircraft from ATR are in the final stage and at the moment, the two sides are exchanging documents," Akhoundi said.
He said that the introduction of the first ATR aircraft into Iran's air fleet will begin with the finalization of document exchange which is being pursued through official channels.
The deal was first signed in February 2016 in Tehran following commercial discussions in Rome and Paris during President Hassan Rouhani's visit to those countries.
On January 11, French Airbus delivered the first plane to Iran under the deal between Iran and Airbus to purchase 100 passenger planes from the French manufacturer of civil aircraft.
Airbus sealed a contract with Iran Air in December to sell 100 of passenger planes, valued at over $18 billion.