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5 new ATR planes land in Tehran airport

Tehran, Five new European ATR passenger aircraft landed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport Sunday morning amid the US official rhetoric on strict measures against Iran.

With the five aircraft joining the Iranian flag carrier airline, Iran Air, the number of the ATR 72-600 planes delivered to Iran reached 13.

Iran Air's Director General Farzaneh Sharafbafi has recently traveled to France to finalize the procedure of receiving the aircraft.

The ATR 72-600, being introduced to the world fleets in 2010, is manufactured using the latest technologies of aerospace industry.

The model, a turboprop and efficient in terms of fuel consumption, catering and maintenance, is capable of flying 528 kilometers with 70 passengers onboard.

Established in November 1981, ATR is a joint partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Airbus and Leonardo, according to the world leading turboprop manufacturer's website.

The model bought by Iran can fly in every weather condition by dint of advanced technologies installed in the cockpit.

Iran signed a deal to buy twenty ATR aircraft in 2016 when the economic sanctions were lifted as a result of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal. However, following the US withdrawal from the deal in May and re-imposing sanctions on Iran, it was speculated that the manufacturer would not be able to deliver the rest of Iran's ATR on order.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on July 31 that his country is after getting green light from US to supply aircraft to Iran.

He said Europe needed to react quickly and protect its economic sovereignty.

'Europe must provide itself with the tools it needs to defend itself against extra-territorial sanctions,' Mr Le Maire stressed.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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