Source: Tehran Times
Iran has started designing a 150-seat passenger jet for the first time in the country and the Middle East, said Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamidreza Pahlevani.
Photo: IRAN-140 joins Iran's air fleet (October 2008)
The project would be implemented jointly by Iranian Sharif, Amir Kabir, ElmoSannat and Isfahan universities, the Organization of Aerial Industries of Armed Forces and Iran's Aircraft Manufacturing Organization, he added.
"The above-mentioned aircraft is of heavy two-engine turbojet aircraft class and can compete with all of its similar aircrafts," he said, adding the project would once again show capability and might of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iranian experts have made huge progress in designing and developing various types of airplanes in recent years.
Also, last February, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced that plans to build new passenger planes. "After making several types of military and non-military planes like Saeqeh and Iran 140, we are reviewing plans for manufacturing small passenger planes," Vahidi told reporters at the time.
He went on to say that experts have prepared the grounds for starting the project to manufacture planes with the passenger capacity of 50 to 100.
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