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Official: Iran Mulling Offers from Foreign Plane Manufacturers.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Mohammad Khodakarami said Tehran is studying all options to renew fleet of its passenger airplanes.

"Iranian airlines will carefully examine all options for the country's new aviation fleet purchases and definitely will not restrict their choices to a single country or aircraft manufacturing company," Khodakarami told reporters on Friday.

He reiterated that the foreign aviation companies have made a flood of offers to sell their airplanes to Iran.

"Airbus and Boeing are waiting for the results of the implementation of the nuclear agreement to appear in Iran before commencing a new chapter of cooperation with us," Khodakarami added.

Last week, Khodakarami announced that some foreign aviation organizations are sending their delegations to discuss expansion of ties with Iran.

"A delegation from the French Civil Aviation Organization is to visit Iran in the near future to expand mutual ties and also to confer on increase in the weekly Tehran-Paris flights from its present three to ten," he said.

The official noted that his organization is planning to purchase new planes in a bid to meet the rising demand.

Khodakarami expressed content that according to the recently devised policy of the National Development Fund of Iran (NDFI), airplanes are accepted from airlines to be put up as collateral. The NDFI used to offer its loans to domestic airlines via banks and asked airlines to put up collaterals which were much more expensive than what they could afford, he explained.

The nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) ended boycott on the supply of passenger planes to Tehran.

A recent statement of Iran's airports company said, based on the agreement, the sanctions on Iran's aviation sector will be terminated and a new gateway will be opened in Iran's international exchanges with the world states.

Based on the agreement, the Iranian cargo flights can have access to EU airports.

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