Middle East

Iran signs deal to buy 20 more airplanes

Iran's national air carrier has signed an agreement to buy 20 new passenger airplanes with an option for 20 more from French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR one week after the airline signed a deal to buy 118 aircraft from Airbus.

In an announcement, the company says the deal was signed with Iran Air on Monday and includes a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600. The Tehran-based private Donya-e Eghtesad daily says the deal is worth $1.089 billion.

Tehran says it is also interested in buying passenger aircraft from American manufacturer Boeing.