Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Airbus and Boeing are bailing Iran out of a huge problem

Download: Printable PDF Date: 19 Jun 2016 15:57 category:
Publisher:
Airbus and Boeing are bailing Iran out of a huge problem - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Aircraft: Airplanes

Iran's beleaguered national airline is finally getting some relief.

On Wednesday, news emerged from Tehran, the Iran Air has reportedly reached an agreement with Boeing for 100 airliners.

Should the rumored Boeing deal reach completion, it would be Iran Air's second multibillion airplane acquisition this year.

In January, Iran Air and Airbus agreed to a historic deal for 118 airliners with a list value topping $25 billion.

On Thursday, Iran Air got even more good news.

The European Commission announced that it will allow the airline to once again fly into European airspace.

"Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May," EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said in a statement. 

"Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies."

Since the Revolution of 1979, the country has suffered through decades of severe economic sanctions that have had a devastating effect on the country's commercial aviation industry and its national airline.

Iran Air, once one of the region's most respected airlines, has fallen on hard times.

For much of the past 30 years, trade sanctions have prevented the airline from acquiring new planes directly from western airplane makers.

As a result, Iran Air have been forced to make do with an aging fleet of early generation Airbus aircraft and pre-revolution Boeing jumbo jets. According toAirfleets.net Iran Air's fleet of 46 jets have an average age of 27 years with its fleet of Boeing 747s pushing 40 years of service.

And what planes they do have, the airline often struggles to find adequate spare parts to keep them running properly.

Accidents resulting for mechanical failures became increasingly common, leading the EU to ban most of Iran Air's planes in 2010.

Iran Air Boeing 747

But even with this week's announcement, the airline's Boeing 747s and Fokker 100s are still considered too unsafe to be allowed to fly over Europe.

Unfortunately for Iran Air, those two aircraft types account for nearly half of its fleet, according to Airfleets.net.

But with the country's landmark deal to curb nuclear activities in January, expect the resurgence of Iran's aviation sector increase in pace over the next few years.

With nearly 220 planes on order, Iran Air and its management are looking to return the once world-class carrier to its previous luster. At this rate, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways may have a new regional power with which to contend.



Loading comments for Airbus and Boeing are bailing Iran out of a huge problem...


Recommended

Boeing, Safran Joint Venture to Start Operations

Boeing and Safran secure regulatory approvals to begin their joint venture for designing, building and servicing Auxiliary Power Units Boeing and Safran have received regulatory approvals for...

Etihad launches new brand platform: ‘Choose Well’

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched a new brand platform: ‘Choose Well’. The airline’s new customer proposition is an invitation for all to make choices abo...

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M helicopter variant by Italy's Guardia di Finanza

Contract for 22 AW169Ms in dedicated configuration with support and training package valued at 280 million euro with deliveries between summer 2019 and 2024.  Complements a fleet of 14 AW139...

TAG Aviation Asia Wins Best Management Company Award at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation Award Ceremony 2018

TAG Aviation Asia has once again been recognised bythe Asian Business Aviation Community (AsBAA) as ‘Best Aircraft Management Company’ for the Greater Asia and Asia Pacific Region. The...

ATR sees demand for over 1,000 new turboprops in China over the next 20 years valued at over US$ 25.6 Billion

ATR has published its new Chinese Market Forecast at the Zhuhai Airshow where it estimates a total market for 1,100 turboprop aircraft in the next 20 years. These aircraft will be required to serve Ch...