Iran is in talks to buy 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJ) from the aircraft’s manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, according to local reports.
The Mehr News Agency quoted Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, deputy minister for international affairs at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, as stating that a deal for the aircraft could be finalised when a Japanese delegation visits Iran in December.
He said that the MRJs will be bought through a lease-purchase agreement and will be used on domestic routes by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines.
Following the lifting of international trade sanctions by the west at the beginning of the year, Iran has placed orders for more than 200 aircraft worth nearly $50bn from Airbus and Boeing.
The first MRJ is due for delivery to Japanese carrier ANA in 2018 with Mitsubishi Aircraft and project partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries targeting the eventual sale of more than 2,000 of the aircraft.