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Home-made passenger planes to join Iran's air fleet

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Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi announced that a new home-made passenger plane, capable of carrying 150 passengers, will join the country's air fleet in the next five years.

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Mr. Manteqi said that Iran is currently developing an indigenous twin-engine turbojet aircraft, which can seat 150 passengers. He said the development of the plane would take five years, of which three years would be spent on its design and the rest on technical tests.

After purchasing the production license for the Antonov-140 from Ukraine in 2000, Iran built its first Iran-140 passenger plane in 2003.

The first IRAN-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured IRAN-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country's transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian passenger fleet.

The IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and its passenger model seats 52 people.

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