Iran wants 400 new planes by 2025 if sanctions end

TEHRAN - Iran wants to buy 400 new passenger airplanes by 2025 to replace the country's aging fleet if sanctions over its contested nuclear program are lifted, Tehran's top civil aviation official said Wednesday.


Ali Reza Jahangirian of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization told journalists that 40 percent of Iran's commercial airliners have been grounded due to a lack of spare parts. Under terms of interim nuclear deal made in November with world powers, Iran can now import some airplane parts.


Jahangirian did not discuss dollar figures or financing for the future purchases. He did say Iran received "very positive signals" from Boeing Co. and General Electric Co. about getting new spare parts. (AP)