The French-Italian aircraft manufacturer- ATR- is to deliver five new purchased passenger planes to Iran on August 5, the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IranAir) announced on Saturday.
IranAir Managing Director Farzaneh Sharafbafi had earlier travelled to France to check the delivery. ATR Aircraft has already delivered eight planes to Iran.
After formal implementation of the Iran Deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPAO) which was signed between Iran and six major world powers on January 16, 2016, the Iranian airlines started direct talks with the world aircraft manufacturing companies to renew the country's old air fleet which suffered West's long-term sanctions before the JCPOA.
But, the US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the landmark nuclear deal on May 8, 2018, defying diplomatic efforts by his European allies to convince him otherwise. Washington started putting pressure on world countries to stop their post-JCPOA fast-growing cooperation and trade ties with Tehran.
Despite the US anti-Iran measures, 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.