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Farzaneh Sharafbafi Named Iran Air’s First Female CEO

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Farzaneh Sharafbafi Named Iran Air’s First Female CEO

Farzaneh Sharafbafi Named Iran Air’s First Female CEO
July 14
10:43 2017

MIAMI – The Ex-Director of Iran Air’s Research Department, Farzaneh Sharafbafi, was named by Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Engineering, Abbas Akhundias, as the CEO of Iran Air on Tuesday.

This is the first time a female has taken the helm of Iran Air since it was established in the 1940’s. The administration of the recently re-elected Iran President, Hassan Rouhani, broke with Islamic tradition by appointing many women to management positions.

This is not the first time Sharafbafi has earned a “first female” title; she was Iran’s first woman to earn a PhD in Aerospace. She also led several aviation projects and taught various aerospace courses at the Amir Kabir University of Technology and Shahid Sattari University of Aeronautical Engineering.

The news comes after Iran has agreed to purchase 30 737 MAX aircraft for $3.0 billion; the airline’s second major aviation deal under reduced sanctions. Akhundias said Sharafbafi should develop the airline’s fleet and its equipment, pushing Iran Air to compete at regional and international levels, maintaining the safety and security standards of the carrier.

Developing Iran Air’s fleet may not be a challenge, Iran Air already has several billion-dollar deals with different aircraft manufacturers for a fleet renewal, with orders placed for 20 ATR, 80 Boeing, and 112 Airbus. The carrier already received 7 new aircraft, four ATR 72-600 and three Airbus jets. The first Boeing aircraft should be delivered by April 2018.

As Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air’s previous CEO, said on June in an exclusive interview for Airways:

The plan calls for us to receive another five ATRs until the end of 2017, starting in August or September, and a further eleven in 2018, bringing it to the total 20 we ordered. And from Airbus, we hope to receive two A320s by the end of the year. We are intentionally building up the new fleet slowly because we have to manage the arrivals and train pilots and technicians. We have done it for the A321 and the A330s while the ATR training is still in progress.

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Online Executive Editor. Journalist and Certified Radio Host. Studying for a Specialization in Public Opinion and Political Communications. Even though I love politics I've found myself fascinated by the Aviation World. I'm also passionate by economy, strategic communications, my family, my country, and dogs. mc@airwaysmag.com

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