Iran plans new passenger air fleet following nuclear pact
Iran is planning to return to the international community once its nuclear accord is implemented by buying a new fleet of aircraft to replace its current ageing one.
The authorities have earmarked a number of Boeing and Airbus planes they will buy them on long-term payment agreements.
Middle East Online stated that the Iranian transport minister Abbas Akhoundi said up to now even getting spare parts was really difficult and he was looking forward to a new era in flying.
He stressed that although they planned to buy their passenger planes from the big two suppliers, the government would look to other models for shorter range flights.
Iran has suffered at the hands of a western embargo going back two decades which banned manufacturers from selling spare parts or equipment to any Iranian firms.
These restrictions have been partly waived now following the interim agreement last year. Under this accord, Iran can be supplied with spare parts but new craft are still banned.
During the summer final agreement was reached in Austria but it has not yet been implemented
Last month it was reported that the country would buy a third of the planes it needed to replace the 140 it currently has in its ageing fleet, a large number of which are in need of immediate replacement.
The Minister said a new company would be set up to lease or hire purchase the new craft from the world’s leading manufacturers.