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Iran says Boeing officials will visit Tehran soon

Iran said Saturday that the United States has allowed Boeing to have direct talks with Iranian airliners following reports that a Boeing delegation will visit the country, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report quoted Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, as saying "Boeing intends to launch its talks with Iranian companies with permission from the U.S....

Saudi Arabia bans Iran’s Mahan Air over safety

Saudi Arabia has banned Iran’s Mahan Air from flying through its air space or land at its airports due to violations of safety rules, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Monday. Aviation sources said in January that around 150 direct flights between Iran and Saudi Arabia that carry thousands of pilgrims every month had been halted after Riyadh severed diplomatic relatio...

US blacklists two British businessmen for 'helping Iranian airline beat sanctions'

Mahan Air is accused of providing lifeline to Syria's Bashar al-Assad and ferrying elite Quds force to Damascus. Two British businessmen have been blacklisted by the American government for allegedly helping an Iranian airline – accused of carrying arms and fighters to Syria – flout US terrorism sanctions. The US Department of the Treasury said it was placing Jeffrey Ashfield...

Airbus in Talks With Iran Over Deal to Produce Plane Components

Iran could begin making parts for Airbus Group SE aircraft under plans being discussed following January’s historic agreement to purchase 118 jetliners from the European manufacturer. Airbus’s Middle East office said the company is evaluating areas of industrial cooperation with Iran that may include component production and maintenance and overhaul work. Iran developed an abilit...

British Airways and Iran Agree to 42 Flights a Week

Iranian State Media announced this week that flights between Iran and the United Kingdom will resume, with British Airways planning for the flights to begin in July 2016.  The two countries signed an agreement this week that details that number of flights on a weekly basis. The announcement comes shortly after Iran made an international agreement about its nuclear program.  In Decembe...

Embraer close to Iran jet breakthrough

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer is on the verge of signing a deal for 50 of its regional jets with Iran. Sources involved with the Iran-Brazil talks suggest that these will be part of a lease deal. The civil aviation authority director Ali Abedzadeh said that regional aircraft would be in great demand in the country as it emerges from trade sanctions. He estimated that Iranian carriers would...

Airbus A350 makes ‘symbolic’ first landing in Iran

An Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet made a symbolic first landing in Iran nearly a month after the manufacturer signed a deal with Tehran to deliver 118 new aircraft, Iranian media reported Saturday. An Airbus A350 wide-body passenger jet made a symbolic first landing in Iran nearly a month after the manufacturer signed a deal with Tehran to deliver 118 new aircraft, Iran...

Iran eyes historic air trips to New York

Only weeks after Iran sealed a lucrative deal with Airbus to purchase 118 new planes that include long-range aircraft, a debate has opened in the country as to for which destinations those planes will be used. Titre20.ir, a Persian-language news website, speculated on Sunday that the long-range Airbus 380 planes will be most specifically used for direct flights to New York and Toronto which exp...

Mahan Air: Development of tourism ties between Islamic Republic of Iran and Kingdom of Thailand

Last week a ceremony held at the Parsian Azadi Hotel, in which, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Mahan Air and high ranking officials of Thailand’s tourism. Some of the most important provisions of this MOU include: 1. Exchange of tourists between the two countries, Iran and Thailand 2. Support and collaboration to expand Mahan air route network to major tour...

Iran to buy 40 ATR planes: vice minister

Iran expects to finalise within days a deal to buy up to 40 planes from ATR, the European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, a deputy transport minister said Saturday. “We discussed the deals in Italy and France and ATR officials are expected in Tehran in the coming days to complete the agreement,” Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan said. “There will be 20 firm and 20 optional orders,...

Key facts about Iran’s economy as red carpets replace sanctions

The $400 billion economy is the second-largest in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia. Less than a fortnight after a decade of crippling economic sanctions on Iran ended, President Hassan Rouhani is being treated to red carpets, dinners with top CEOs and billion-dollar deals in Europe. In Italy, accords worth $22 billion covered industries from natural gas to high-speed rail, while in France...

Iran Air Could be the Next Carrier to Operate A380s

The A380 is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxury air travel, with perks ranging from Shower Spas on Emirates to the super-luxe Residence on Etihad Airways. It’s also one of the largest planes in the sky, with the capacity to fit more than 600 passengers on some of the world’s busiest routes. Now, following recently lifted international sanctions, it seems that Iran A...