Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

“Iran getting delivery of 3 new Airbus planes”

Iran’s minister of transportation has announced that three new airbus planes will be delivered to the country in the very near future amid sanctions that have made it difficult for the airlines to renovate their fleet.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Mohammad Eslami did not elaborate on details of the deliveries, weather the planes were new and which airline would get hold of them.  

The semi-official Tasnim news agency said that the planes will be delivered to flag carrier Homa, known internationally as IranAir.

There was no confirmation from the company, neither was there any other report suggesting that the airline prepared to get the deliveries in the near future.

However, a Friday report by ISNA agency said that Iran’s Kish Airlines had leased three Airbus planes from a foreign country and that the deliveries were due.

The delivery of the three new Airbus planes to Iran comes amid tight sanctions imposed by the United States which have effectively barred the country from buying new aircraft.

The sanctions, enacted in November last year, even caused Airbus to stop the planned delivery of planes ordered by Iran in 2016.

Airbus has delivered only three of a total of 112 planes ordered by Homa. Two more deliveries planned for late 2018 did not happen.

Homa has also ordered 80 planes from American planemaker Boeing and 20 more from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR.

The ATR sent 11 aircraft to Iran before the US imposed bans on sale of commercial planes to Iran last year while Boeing has made no deliveries at all.

Iranian officials say the government has paid no downpayment for future deliveries of the planes ordered in 2016.

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