Official Stresses High Safety Codes of Iranian Flights
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Reza Pahlavani said that the latest checks conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) showed that Iran is among the top 10 world countries in terms of flight safety.
Pahlavani announced that ICAO conducted 10-day checks on flight safety in Iran as part of the second phase of its inspection program approved in 2003, and added that the checks resulted in a brilliant record for his organization.
"The ICAO checks demonstrated that flight safety in Iran is 10% higher than the world average," the Iranian official explained, adding that "in 7 out of 8 inspection checks, the Iranian aviation industry was better than the global average".
He said Iran earned the average score of 85.21 after checks, while the world average was announced as 74.31 after inspections were carried out in 155 world countries.
Iran, which has been under several rounds of sanctions in the past years, has recently started renewing its air fleet through purchase of foreign planes and domestic production in a bid to improve conditions in its aviation industry.
In October, a senior Iranian aviation industry official said Iran has indigenized the overhaul operations for wide-body planes.
Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi said that Iranian experts are overhauling all the wide-body passenger planes of the country domestically and without foreign assistance.
As regards the manufacturing of new passenger planes in Iran, he said the country has focused on the production of planes with the capacity of 100-150 seats since the country's airlines are fond of such passenger aircraft.