Iran's Flag Carrier Acquires 3 Airbus Planes from Hungary

Iran's Flag Carrier Acquires 3 Airbus Planes from Hungary...
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TEHRAN (FNA)- National Flag Carrier, Iran Air, purchased 3 Airbus passenger planes from Hungary, and will add 3 jets to its fleet by the end of the current local calendar year (on March 20).
Three Airbus 319 aircraft, manufactured in 2002, were purchased from Hungary a year ago and landed at an airport in the city of Mashhad in northwestern Iran. The newly-purchased planes will join Iran Air fleet in the coming days.
Iran Air plans to develop its fleet of aircraft to provide better services to its passengers.
Currently, the flag carrier has 29 aircraft operating flights in the country, which would rise to 32 after the addition of the three planes.
Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) has given the green light to the domestic airlines to purchase and import planes, CAO head said last week.
Ali Abedzadeh added that CAO has issued the necessary permits for the domestic airlines to import airplanes, independent of the government.
According to him, the country needs at least 500 civil airplanes and CAO is trying to facilitate the import of such aircraft.
The move comes in the wake of the US sanctions, which prevented Iran from receiving the brand new Airbus and ATR planes it had purchased.
To upgrade its aging fleet, Iran Air ordered 200 passenger aircraft — 100 from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR — after the landmark 2015 nuclear deal was reached between Iran and six other countries.
But the US Treasury Department revoked the licenses of Boeing and France’s Airbus to sell commercial planes to Iran Air after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in May and re-imposed sanctions.
Under a special agreement after US licenses were revoked but before new sanctions came into force on November 5, ATR delivered 13 of the 20 turboprop aircraft sought by Iran Air while the rest are yet to be delivered.
Airbus, which delivered three aircraft before the licenses were withdrawn, continues to show the order as active on its books.
Boeing never officially added Iran’s order to its list of sold jets and has said it will not pursue the deal.
In mid-August, Iran Air entered into service five ATR turboprop aircraft it has just received for busy domestic routes such as Tehran to Mashhad flights.
Iran Air took delivery of the new ATR passenger planes only a day before the return of US illegal sanctions that had already targeted Iran's plane purchases from other major providers.
The planes that had left France’s Toulouse landed in Tehran’s International Mehrabad Airport on August 5 after a short stop for refueling in the Northwestern Iranian city of Urmia.
Iran Air signed a contract to purchase 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft, joint-owned by France-based Airbus and Leonardo of Italy, worth $576 million.
ATR - which had delivered 8 planes to Iran under the deal and started building another 12 - has been lobbying the US Treasury to allow it to take advantage of the normal wind-down period for Iran business by giving it temporary new licenses.
Airbus said a month before that it would not attempt to deliver any more planes to Iran. It has delivered just three of 100 ordered by Iran Air.
---National Flag Carrier, Iran Air, purchased 3 Airbus passenger planes from Hungary, and will add 3 jets to its fleet by the end of the current local calendar year (on March 20). ---...

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