Sharafbafi attended the Euromoney Iran Conference in Paris, held on 8 February 2018. Co-hosted by Iran’s Central Bank (Bank Markazi), one of the panels of the conference brought together experts and officials, including representatives of Airbus and ATR, to address aircraft financing in Iran. Topics discussed included an overview of Iran’s aviation sector, Financing the new fleet purchases, International best practice, and harnessing the potential of the Iranian travel and tourism industry.
According to Sharafbafi, the demand for commercial aviation in Iran is expected to increase four times by 2025; a rapid growth rate which should be an encouragement to investors and financiers.
Furthermore, due to night flying restrictions of Paris Orly Airport (ORY), Tehran-Paris flights operated by Iran Air are going to land in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) from 27 March 2018 onward.
Iran Air is also in talks to fly directly to Toulouse, given the frequency and number of passengers flying from Tehran to Toulouse.
All attendees in the conference emphasized that the US President’s hostility towards JCPOA would not affect Europe’s engagement and cooperation with Iran.