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Iran to get 20 new aircraft

20 new passenger aircraft will join Iran's national aviation fleet.

20 new passenger aircraft will join Iran's national aviation fleet, according to Mahmoud Salahi, Secretary of the High Council of Free Trade Zones.

The aircraft will be divided between Kish Air, which will acquire 15 planes, while five will head to Qeshm Air.

The purchase is expected to boost tourism in the Persian Gulf. Countries supplying the aircraft have not been named as Iran is currently under sanctions and fears those that have imposed flight embargoes will put pressure on its contracting partners.

A few months ago, the US Bush Administration stopped a purchase of 22 commercial aircraft from China by Iran Air Tour Company.

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