Iran Air appoints first female CEO Dr.Farzaneh Sharafbafi

She joins the select ‘female CEO’ in male dominated management in the aviation industry.

Dr. Farzaneh Sharafbafi CEO of Iran Air (Photo courtesy Iran Air)

Tehran, Iran

For the first time in Iran’s and middle east aviation history, a woman CEO has taken the helm at the national airline Iran Air which has signed deals with Airbus and Boeing for the purchase of about 200 passenger planes according to Press TV.

Dr. Farzaneh Sharafbafi was named as the new CEO of Iran Air Tuesday, replacing Farhad Parvaresh who is about to represent Iran at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada. She joins the select ‘female CEO’ in male dominated management in the aviation industry.

She joins the select ‘Woman CEO’ in male dominated management in the aviation industry.

Sharafbafi, 44, has a PhD in aerospace. She was formerly a member of Iran Air’s board as the director of the company’s research department. She was the first Iranian lady to be able to obtain a Ph.D. in aerospace with the University of Sharif.

She has also helped implement several aviation projects and taught various aerospace courses at the prestigious Amir Kabir University of Technology and Shahid Sattari University of Aeronautical Engineering.

She was the first Iranian lady to be able to obtain a Ph.D.in aerospace with the University of Sharif.

In her new post, she will preside over the revamping of Iran Air’s aging fleet of passenger planes.

The company struck a deal with Boeing in December for 80 passenger planes worth $16.6 billion. In January, Iran Air signed agreements to buy 118 planes from Airbus, estimated to be worth some $25 billion before cutting the number to 112. The airline has taken delivery of seven new Western aircraft since trade reopened under a nuclear deal between Tehran and six countries.

The deliveries included four of the 20 ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft which Iran Air has signed to buy from Franco-Italian planemaker ATR. The company has also received three Airbus jets and will get another by end-year, while the first Boeing is due around May 2018.

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