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Iranian Airline Planning Direct Route To U.S. and Canada, If Relations Improve

Oct 29, 2013 12:01 am

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Iranian airline Asseman is planning to launch flights to North America and Canada, the Fars News Agency quoted the airline’s managing director Abbas Rahmatian as saying.

Considering that the airline carried President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nations meeting, we were requested to expand flights to North America and Canada, he added.

Rahmatian further said that the airline has 33 planes in operation and is capable of overhauling the airplanes.

Earlier this month, Managing Director of Iran’s Airtour Airline, Sirous Baheri said on September 1 that over 60 percent of Iran’s total 220 planes are grounded due to technical and logistic issues.

“Iranians airlines are facing great losses due to the low price of domestic flight tickets,” Baheri said. “They are currently having difficulties competing with foreign airlines,” he added.

“Not having connections with the manufacturers is one of the main problems of the domestic airlines which has made it difficult for the companies to repair their aircrafts,” Baheri stated.

In September, The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran has announced that six new airlines have received permission to start operation.

CAO director Hamidreza Pahlavani was quoted earlier this month that the organization will lower down the ticket prices in a bid to encourage domestic airlines to improve services.

(c)2013 Trend News Agency (Baku, Azerbaijan)

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