The announcement came a day after US President Barack Obama lifted a decades-old ban on selling aircraft and repair parts to Iran's aviation companies. The ban has caused Iran's aviation to deteriorate, causing almost 20 air crashes within the last decade.
Iran has engaged with various aircraft producers over recent months in a bid to renew its fleet, the minister added, stating that companies other than Iran Air will now have to begin upgrading their fleets.
The development comes ahead of the expected lifting of anti-Iran international sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is anticipated to report Saturday on Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to the JCPOA, all UN Security Council, as well as parts of US and EU sanctions are set to be lifted on the implementation day.
The lifting of anti-Iran sanctions became possible after Iran reached a deal on its nuclear program with the P5+1 group of international mediators on July 14, 2015. The deal entailed Iran agreeing to ensure the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.