Iran and France’s Airbus will start cooperation to produce airplane spare parts in near future, an Iranian aviation official said on Monday, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
“Negotiations have been held with Airbus to cooperate with Iran to manufacture airplane spare parts, and the cooperation will start soon,” managing director of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, Manouchehr Manteghi, was quoted as saying.
Manteghi said that preparations have been made for manufacturing aircraft spare parts in the country.
During a visit to Paris in January by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran signed a contract with Airbus to purchase 106 commercial planes.
On November 21, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a license to Airbus for the sale of 106 commercial planes to Iran Air, Iran’s flagship carrier.
Although Airbus is based in France, it must have U.S. approval to sell planes to Iran because at least 10 percent of the aircraft’s components are American-made.
Iran also sealed a deal in June worth around $25 billion with the US aerospace heavyweight, Boeing, for the purchase of 100 passenger planes.
However, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in November that would block the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran, which would also affect sales by U.S. firm Boeing.
Photo: An Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet made a symbolic first landing in Iran on February 19; nearly a month after the manufacturer signed a deal with Tehran to deliver 118 new aircraft (Credit: Hossein Esmaeili, Mehr News)