Iran eyes direct commercial flights to New York, Toronto

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Iran is looking to use some of its newly purchased long-range airliners for direct flights to New York and Toronto.

The flights, which would take over 12 hours and use a route that would pass over the North Pole, would be the first direct flights from Teheran to the major U.S. and Canadian destinations in more than 30 years.

Iran recently agreed to purchase more than 100 long-range airliners.
Iran recently agreed to purchase more than 100 long-range airliners.

As sanctions were lifted after implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers, Iran agreed to purchase 118 Airbus 380 long-range planes, Persian-language news site reported. The deal with the French aviation giant was reportedly worth $16 billion.

Iran is also looking to purchase smaller planes from Canada’s Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer.

Iran is also said to be in the market for Boeing 737s for domestic use and 777s for long-haul routes.

Currently, Teheran’s civil aviation fleet consists of 248 aircraft with an average age of 20 years, 100 of which are presently grounded.

Other long-range direct destinations Iran is considering include Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Johannesburg, London, Casablanca, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

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